Lion of Kea

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Lion of Kea, 6th century BC

Lion of Kea is name of colossal archaic sculpture of a guardian lion, chieseleded from a single blok of local limestone. probably in a 6th century BC, on an island of Kea, Greece, when island`s name was Cheos.

Lion of Kea on an etching from 19th century

Almost nothing else is known about this 9 m long sculpture, which even today stands in situ near the willage of Ioulida.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Ida Haugsted: Dream and reality: Danish Antiquaries, Architects and Artists in Greece, London, 1996., p. 37
  • Greek Islands (guide), Lonly Planet, 2018., s. v. Kea lion