June Lobby Painting- Walking Lion

You can see the original of this art work,

Walking Lion, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan!

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On this wall, entitled Walking Lion, we see the profile of a walking lion.  The lion was a symbol of strength and courage in Babylonia.  The natural looking lion is a bas-relief, meaning it is raised from the wall behind it.  The bricks in the wall are brightly colored with enamel glaze.

The two dominant elements of art are texture and volume.  The lion’s main in highly texturized.  The Walking Lion’s volume is emphasized by the bas-relief which is rounded on the edges in a naturalistic way.

The main principle of design used by the artist is emphasis.  The center of the piece is the lion.  It is a symbol of royalty and wealth.  The animal reminds us of strength and power.

About the Artist

Mesopotamia was one of the first urban civilizations that developed in southern Iraq.  By 3000 B.C., Mesopotamia had grown into a district city with a code of laws, a writing system, organized religion, and specialized trades.  The city of Babylon was marked by splendid temples and fortifications.  Glazed, molded bricks were used to decorate the walls of Babylon.  The walls were intended to show the strength and wealth of Babylon. Many craftsmen worked on these decorations.  The Walking Lion is one of a pair that was built on the wall in Babylon in the 6th century B.C.

Question

What other animals could represent royalty and power?