Funerary sculpture of lioness by Unknown Artist

Depicts a lioness poised to devour a nude bearded male figure, with his head in her mouth and her paws holding his shoulders.


55 x 46 x 152 cm
Art Fund grant:
£10,000 ( Total: £50,000)
Acquired in:
Queen's & Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer

On plinth, emerging from under the lioness' belly, are two snakes. A tomb monument - roman funerary symbolism.


Discovered in Jan 1997 in River Almond beside Roman fort at Cramond, Edinburgh. Retrieved in a excavation and claimed as Treasure Trove by the Crown. Allocated by Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer to NMS and Edin. City M & G as joint

Venue details

National Museum of Scotland Chambers Street, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH1 1JF 0300 123 6789

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