Lion and Animal Running Through Foliage
13.5 x 5.25 x 3.25 inches
Probably from Egypt 200-500 CE
Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
The two animals paired with the dense vegetation leave no space un-carved. If it were not for the deeply drilled circular eye of the animal to the left and the prominent scale-like mane of the lion, the animals could almost get lost within the shrubbery. In fact, the lion’s curved tail, which accommodates the bend in the leaf, further reinforces the fluidity between the animals and their surroundings. Even though the foliage seems to proliferate indiscriminately throughout the space, upon careful examination one can recognize an alternating pattern between the leaves and the animals, which brings symmetry to the composition. The right edge of the relief appears to be a sharp, man-made cut, while the worn break of the left edge seems unintentional. This relief is also much darker in comparison to the other reliefs in this collection. However, this dissimilarity could simply be due to the different storage conditions of the reliefs.
Nicole Vilanova, Class of 2013, Concentration in Art and Art History.