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Statue of a lion attacking a young stag

3rd century AD

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

This statue, found in the cistern of a possible mansion at Corbridge in 1907, is a wonderful example of the skill of the stonemasons at Corbridge in the Roman period. The lion is a symbol often used on funerary monuments to symbolise death’s victory over humans. The statue was originally made to adorn the top of a tomb, but it has been re-used as a fountain head, with a hole made through the lion’s mouth, removing his teeth. It is a perfect example of Roman recycling.

Details

  • Title: Statue of a lion attacking a young stag
  • Date Created: 3rd century AD
  • Location: Corbridge
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Original Source: CORBRIDGE ROMAN TOWN - HADRIAN'S WALL
  • Rights: English Heritage
  • Medium: Local buff sandstone
  • Credit line: English Heritage / The Trustees of the Corbridge Excavation Fund

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