Mycenean Lion’s Head Rhyton
Gold rhyton made of hammered sheet metal in the shape of a lion’s head. Mycenae, Grave Circle A, Grave IV, 16th cent. BC.
It bears distinctive details, such as the muzzle (which has a pouring hole) and mane. Ritual vases are characteristic grave offerings in the royal burials at Mycenae. These same vases were probably used as rhytons (ritual funnels) during the funeral ceremonies. The lion could be an expression of natural strength and dominion.