David Slays the Lion

Constantinople, 628-630
Metropolitan Museum of Art

"In order to prove that he can kill Goliath, David describes to Saul how he killed a lion (1 Samuel 17:34–37). The accomplished naturalism of David’s flowing cape and the lion’s fur and mane demonstrates a conscious reference to and continuity of the traditions of Greco-Roman art." — From the museum's commentary on this piece

This plate is part of a set displayed in the Byzantine Art gallery at the museum.

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Photographed at the site by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.