A Sumerian Black Chlorite Lion, Uruk Period, ca. 3500 - 3300 BCE
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Sensitively modeled in black chlorite, this superb statuette of a lion fixes forever the vision of the Sumerian artist and a type full of character which continued to be reproduced to the end of the Assyrian and Babylonian empires. Hand-carved from black chlorite, the lion grins, his muzzle characteristically round and retracted; his tongue projects, his teeth are bared, and his large and opened widely eyes are inlaid with shell adding to the strangely living appearance of the figure. The inlaying of eyes is a process as old as the origin of Sumerian art. Shown recumbent with legs bent, the powerful head is turned over its body.
Condition: Incomplete with loss to hindquarters, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. Custom mounted.
Dimensions: Length: 1 5/16 inch (3.3 cm)
Provenance: Private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feuer, NY., acquired 1970s - 1980s.
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