A Roman marble lion head from a strigilated sarcophagus
Circa 3rd Century A.D.
Carved and drilled in deep relief, the snarling face turned to the left, with a wrinkled nose and furrowed brow, the eyes sunken into the deep sockets, peering upwards to the left, the eyeballs with incised irises and deeply recessed 'lunate' pupils, the open mouth with large twisted incisors and a protruding tongue, a large fluted circular knocker handle looped through the jaws and hanging across the chin, the thick drilled mane framing the face in tufts and curls, extending down the right side of the head as it emerges from the sarcophagus, with remnants of the deep furrows of the strigilation visible behind, 23½in. (59.6cm.) high, 17in. (43.1cm.) diam., some chips, mounted