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Bronze statuette of Cybele on a cart drawn by lions

The group represents the cult image of the goddess Cybele enthroned on a cart drawn by two lions. Spouts formerly projecting from the open mouths of the lions. The original cart, harness, and throne no longer s... more

Pair of Lions with Attendant

Such lions are often seen as components of the bases of late Gandharan images.

Tunic Fragment with Lions and Putti

The intricately decorated red back ground clavus (band) and tabula (square) that partially survive on this fragment may have been the decoration of a tunic. On the band ending in a teardrop-shaped pelmet, nude ... more

Seated Buddha with Two Lions

Northern Wei dynasty (386–534)

Funerary Stele with Two Lions and Circle Pattern

Funerary stelae of Byzantine Egypt, often inscribed with names of the deceased, sometimes also include a prayer for the safe journey of souls to their final "rest in Christ." The following lines are from the Co... more

Finial with Lions and Makaras

Central Javanese period

Rustam's First Feat: Rakhsh kills a lion while Rustam sleeps.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Gayûmars seated, surrounded by wild beasts, including a lion, a tiger, giraffe, and horned deer.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Dârâ, the son of Dârâb, sits on the throne with supports in the form of gold lions.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Fragment of a Frieze with Addorsed Lions

This piece and objects 18.112 and 37.55 speak to two “transformation” trends of the early twentieth century: the “improvement” (if not forging) of artifacts, and the application of a limited number of geographi... more

Bowl on a Base of Three Molded Lions

This object is an unusual combination of decorative ceramic sculpture and a utilitarian dish. Such a juxtaposition was employed in later stone sculpture, particularly for fountains. Made in Iran

Capital with Lions Mounted by Nude Riders

The faces of this capital display lions, two of which are surmounted by male nudes. One of the figures is tormented by a large snake. Although neither the meaning nor the original context of the capital is clea... more

Textile Fragment with Double-Headed Eagles and Facing Lions

The design on this fragmentary textile consists of two rows of roundels: the upper roundels contain double-headed eagles, and the lower ones, confronted lions. The roundels are situated against a dense vegetal ... more

Lions near Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 287v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of lions facing each other near the prostrate body of Mary of Egypt. Image taken from f. 287v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Lions approaching Mary of Egypt from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 287

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of lions approaching a prostrate Mary of Egypt. Image taken from f. 287 of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

Men clubbing lions from BL Royal 10 E IV, f. 234v

Detail of a bas-de-page scene of men clubbing two lions, while two children watch. Image taken from f. 234v of Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Written in Latin.

"Isfandiyar's Second Course: He Slays the Lions", Folio from a Shahnama (Book of Kings)

The story of Isfandiyar's encounter with the lions is less frequently depicted than most of the other six dangerous "courses". This absence of a strong illustrative tradition allowed the artist more freedom in ... more

Hercules battling two lions from BL Harley 4431, f. 97

Detail of a miniature of Hercules battling against two lions, in 'L'Épître Othéa'. Image taken from f. 97 of Various works (also known as 'The Book of the Queen'), including 'Cent balades' (ff. 4-21), 'Le Débat... more

Silk Fragment with Lions and Pomegranates

Made in probably Granada, Spain

Dish with Rampant Lions

Made in Orvieto, Italy

Hercules battling two lions from BL Harley 4431, f. 97

Miniature of Hercules battling against two lions, in 'L'Épître Othéa'. Image taken from f. 97 of Various works (also known as 'The Book of the Queen'), including 'Cent balades' (ff. 4-21), 'Le Débat du livre de... more

Battle with white lions from BL Royal 20 B XX, f. 50v

Detail of a miniature of Alexander's battle with white lions. Image taken from f. 50v of Historia de proelis in a French translation (Le Livre et le vraye hystoire du bon roy Alixandre)(index Alexandre). Writte... more

Cybele in her chariot drawn by two lions

Master of the Die (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1530–60)

Cybele in her chariot drawn by two lions

Master of the Die (Italian, active Rome, ca. 1530–60)

Putti and Lions

Master FG (Italian, active mid-16th century)

The Lions

Marcus de Bye (Dutch, The Hague 1639–after 1688)

Warhafftiger und Natürlicher

People standing before the city walls of Nuremberg, viewing the image of a lion, which miraculously appeared on the wall; text below image.

Dish with Two Fighting Lions

In the second quarter of the seventeenth century, Chinese blue-and-white porcelain production decreased and Iranian potters stepped up manufacture of Chinese-inspired blue-and-white ceramics. The two lions, the... more

Heads of Three Lions

Etched by Stefano della Bella (Italian, Florence 1610–1664 Florence)

Five Lions and a Lioness

Six lions in various poses; after Rubens. Wenceslaus Hollar (Bohemian, Prague 1607–1677 London)

Dish with Three Lions

This dish is typical of the objects that were displayed in open niches in reception rooms of upper-class Syrian residences during the Ottoman period Made in Iran

Bugaku Dances (front); Chinese Lions (reverse)

Chinese Lions (Karajishi)Across the gold expanse of this pair of screens, nine Chinese lions (karajishi) gambol and playfully wrestle. Chinese lions were auspicious symbols of power in East Asian visual culture... more

Rank Badge with Lions

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Rank Badge with Lions

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

San Ponziano in an Amphitheatre Being Exposed to Lions

Christoph Unterberger (Austrian, Calvase 1732–1798 Rome)

Lions at the Stone Bridge of Mount Tiantai

This painting depicts a fantastical scene at the famous natural stone bridge on Mount Tiantai in China’s Zhejiang Province. A mother lion throws cubs over the cliff to the valley below to test their powers of e... more

The English lion dismember'd or the voice of the public for an enquiry into public expenditure

Print shows, on the left, Lord North carrying a large sack labeled "Budget" over his shoulder, tethered to the sack by chain is a lion from which America (represented by a Native man wearing feathered headdress... more

Libertas Americana. 4 Juil. 1776 Non sine Diis animosus infans / / dessin de la medaille des etats unis de l'amerique compose par A.E. Gibelin en 1783.

Design drawing executed not later than September 1782 by Antoine Esprit Gibelin shows Minerva (representing France) standing, leaning forward, holding a spear in raised right hand and a shield, with a fleur-de-... more

The British lion engaging four powers

Print shows a lion confronting a spaniel, representing Spain, a fighting cock, representing France, a rattlesnake, representing America, and a pug dog, representing Holland.

Subsidiary treaty, or the lion turned ass / designed & executed by Sinecure.

Print shows a man with a whip driving a donkey with the head of a lion, laden with sacks of money past a pike labeled "Liberty" with a Phrygian cap and a hand pointing the way "to Hesse Cassel." The man says, "... more

Daikagura

Print shows actors in lion costume dancing in front of women and children gathered at a window, and children and adults outside the building.

Adieu Bastille

Print shows a member of the Third Estate playing a bagpipe, standing next to a tame lion, representing the monarchy, and manipulating marionettes, representing the clergy and the nobility, on a string tied to h... more

Shishi

Print shows four actors carrying a lion costume, fans, and a lantern.

Snuff Bottle with Lions

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)

Pair of lions

Mary Atwood

Lions Attacking Two Men and a Horse

Attributed to James Ward (British, London 1769–1859 Chestnut, Hertfordshire)

Five Figure Studies; Two Studies of Lions (from Sketchbook)

Thomas Sully (American, Horncastle, Lincolnshire 1783–1872 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Caffres hunting a lion / Howitt del. ; Clark & Dubourg sculpt.

Print shows Africans with spears surrounding a lion; an injured man lies in the foreground.

Lions in a Mountainous Landscape

This vigorous painting of six lions in a remote, spectrally illuminated lair—possibly intended to evoke the Atlas Mountains of Morocco—is an extraordinary example of Gericault’s spontaneous handling of paint. R... more

Leo Major and Leo Minor

Astronomical chart showing two lions forming the constellation.