Pair of lions
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Pair of lions

Vulci
late 6th cent. BC.
Nenfro
height cm 57.0 / 58.0
cat. 14955-14956

These lions were found in a chamber tomb, where they had been placed to guard the entrance. Their threatening appearance, with their jaws wide open, is in agreement with the function attributed to them which reveals faith in a survival of the deceased within the confines of the tomb. The model of the sculpture follows the lines of archaic art.