Statuette of a Lion (Q60758330)

Label from: English (en)

collection: Cleveland Museum of Art (Q657415)
depicts: lion (Q140)
instance of: sculpture (Q860861) item of collection or exhibition (Q18593264)

catalog URL: https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1920.2001

information from the Cleveland Museum of Art catalog

description: ('Lions in Egyptian art are usually shown prone and relaxed, and usually represent the king. But this statuette probably represents the lion god Mahes who had a great temple at Leontopolis ("Lion-City") in the Delta where lions were kept. We know from classical authors that the temple maintained musicians to play to the lions to calm their nerves.',)

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