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Double-sided Plaque Depicting a Lion and Birds

A work made of limestone and pigment.
Public Domain

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  • A work made of limestone and pigment.


Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BCE)



About this artwork

This piece was reused several times. Over the initial design of a lion, an artist drew a grid in order to copy the image to another surface. At a later date, the plaque was used as a note pad at which time the ink inscription was added. The notation is a list of names, perhaps witnesses to a transaction.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


Double-sided Plaque Depicting a Lion and Birds


Egypt (Object made in)

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332 BCE–30 BCE


Limestone and pigment


19.4 × 19.1 × 1.3 cm (7 5/8 × 7 1/2 × 1/2 in.)

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Museum Purchase Fund

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