Assyrian Dying Lion Sculpture museum reproduction art 12" www.Neo-Mfg.com home decor relief
Size 12.25" wide x 6.75" tall
This is a replica of the original sculpture in the museum
Gypsum wall-panel relief: the lion itself is squatting on its haunches, facing right. It has been mortally wounded by an arrow that has penetrated deep into its chest from above the shoulder.
Blood is gushing out of the mouth of the beast, and it is straining every muscle and sinew in a last futile attempt to stay upright. The veins on its head are standing out, its eyes are beginning to glaze over, and it is desperately gripping the ground with its claws.
Although the suffering of the animal is horrible to behold, the sculptor has perfectly captured the animal in its death-throes, and we see here a naturalism that is rarely encountered in Assyrian art.This small alabaster panel was part of a series of wall panels that showed a royal hunt. It has long been acclaimed as a masterpiece; the skill of the Assyrian artist in the observation and realistic portrayal of the animal is clear. It has been suggested that scenes such as this imply that the artists had some degree of sympathy with the victims of the Assyrian king, rather than with their patron as a mighty hunter. Lions were regarded, however, as symbolising everything hostile to urban civilisation, and it is more probable that people looking at scenes like this were meant to laugh, not cry. There was a very long tradition of royal lion hunts in Mesopotamia, with similar scenes known from the late fourth millennium BC. The connection between kingship and lions was probably brought to Western Europe as a result of the crusades in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries AD, when lions begin to decorate royal coats of arms.
AuthorityRuler: Ashurbanipal biography
Culture/periodNeo-Assyrian term details
FindspotExcavated/Findspot: North Palace(Asia,Iraq,North Iraq,Kouyunjik (Nineveh),North Palace)
DimensionsHeight: 16.5 centimetresWidth: 30 centimetresThickness: 2.5 centimetres (extant)
Last photo is the original in the musuem
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