The Lion of Knidos

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 21 March 2016

This colossal marble lion was found at a tomb within the ancient cemetery of Knidos (a coastal city in the south-west Turkey). The marble itself was brought from the Aegean Sea from mountain Pentelikon near the city of Athens. The lion's lower jaw and his fore-paws are missing. The lion's eyes (now empty) were once probably filled with a metal or a glass (to catch the light). It is unknown precisely to which period this lions dates back; it might well have been built 50 years or so after the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos (circa 370-350 years BCE). Other archaeologists believe that it dates back to the second century BCE. The British Museum, London.



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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