Lion from funerary monument. Pentelic marble. Found in the ancient cemetery if the Kerameikos, Athens. Probably came from the funerary enclosure of Dionysos, of the deme of Kollytos, and cousin of the orator Hypereides. The two animals, originally placed at the edges of the enclosure, are shown facing in opposite directions and defending their prey, the head of a bull that can be seen beneath their paws. lions, like the bull that crowned the central naiskos in the Kerameikos enclosure, are associated with the cult of Dionysos and therefore with the name of the deceased, Dionysos. 325-300 BC.
Athens, National Archaeological Museum