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Near East, Islamic, Stone Head of a Lion

Near East, Islamic, Stone Head of a Lion

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre 1492: Item # 1391519

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Near East, Islamic, Stone Head of a Lion, ca. 1100 - 1200 CE. Pleasing face with protruding tongue. 2 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 3", on custom stand 3 1/2" high. In excellent condition. Ex: S. Beiner collection, Florida. According to Syrian Cultural Tourism, the lion has long been a symbol of Islamic Healdry. The Aleppo citadel has a twin lion on either side of the door. Lions were long venerated in the Near East and were used by various rulers as symbols of Royal authority, much as they were in Europe.