Roman Toy lion
This large terracotta statuette of a lion with a mighty mane was found in the ancient Roman city of Augusta Treverorum (Trier, Germany). The original is made from clay and was found in the pottery district in the South of Trier during excavations.
The lion is the king of beasts. In most early near Eastern cultures, it was the symbol of various deities. In Greece, the gods were accompanied by lions. In particular, the lion was always the symbol of the ruler and invincible power.
The lion functions thanks to its strength as a protection symbol: on Temple gables, as vessels, jewelry, coins or as statues in cult districts and city gates.
In Roman times, the king of the beasts was usually associated with circus games, triumph processions or popular entertainment.
Original find from Trier, Germany (Augusta Treverorum), 4th century AD
- Height approx. 9 cm
- Length of the Lion: 10 cm
- Original in the Rheinisches Landesmuseum in Trier
- Real Alabaster plaster patinated
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