A Roman Lioness Devouring a Man

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 21 November 2015

This sculpture depicts a large lioness devouring a naked bearded man; the overall scene represents the destructive power of death. The 2 snakes on the base symbolize the survival of the soul. The sculpture was built as part of a tomb memorial; it signaled the status of a high-ranking Roman officer. It was found in the year 1997 CE at the mouth of the River Almond, Cramond village, Midlothian, Scotland. Cramond, 2nd century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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