Cast of Lion Gate relief from Mycenae

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    A 1. Lion Gate Relief. From Mycenae, c. 1250 BC.

    Limestone. H: 3.06 m, W: 3.36 m.

    In situ in the relieving triangle above the main gate to the Acropolis of Mycenae, Greece.

    Two lions rest their forelegs on a double-altar, on which stands a column. Dowel holes imply that the lions’ heads, which must have faced outwards, were added separately.

    Cast acquired in 1894 from Berlin, mould no. 1298. CG neg. 96.40.26.

    G.E. Mylonas, ‘Ἡ πύλη τῶν λεόντων’, ArchEph 1962, 74-100, fig. 42;
    M.C. Shaw, ‘The Lion Gate Relief of Mycenae Reconsidered’, in P. Zepos et al. (eds), Φίλια ἔπη εἰς Γεώργιον Ε. Μυλωνά διὰ τὰ ἐξήντα ἔτη τοῦ ἀνασκαφικοῦ τοῦ ἔργου (Athens, 1986), 1, 108-23, fig. 2, pl. 3b;
    E.F. Bloedow, ‘The Lions of the Lion Gate at Mycenae’, in E. De Miro et al. (eds), Atti e memorie del secondo congresso internazionale di micenologia, Roma - Napoli 14 -20 ottobre 1991 (Rome, 1996), 1159-66, fig. 1.

    In: Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

    In situ in the relieving triangle above the main gate to the Acropolis of Mycenae, Greece.

    Two lions rest their forelegs on a double-altar, on which stands a column. Dowel holes imply that the lions’ heads, which must have faced outwards, were added separately.

Further reading

Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

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