The Lion of Knidos, Museum Description: Colossal marble statue of a recumbent lion; carved with inlaid eyes originally probably of glass, but now missing. Period: Hellenistic, circa: 2nd century BC. Excavated/Findspot: Knidos, Lion Tomb (Turkey, Aegean Region, Caria, Knidos Ancient City, Anatolia). Materials: marble, glass (eyes). Technique: inlaid (eyes) carved. Dimensions: Length: 2.89 metres Height: 1.82 metres. Location: Not on display (Great Court) Acquisition date: 1859, Discovered by Richard Pullan during Charles Newton’s excavations in 1858; removed by Robert Murdoch Smith; brought back on HMS Supply. British Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year. Fast facts about the British Museum: Founded: 1753, Collection size: 8 million objects, Oldest object in the collection: Stone chopping tool (nearly 2 million years old).
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