Things I’ve learned this morning:
1) My morning coffee would be that much more awesome if I could drink it from a gold lion cup.
2) The definition of the word “leonine”: it means to resemble a lion or its characteristics. Why haven’t I been using this word before? The problem will now be fixed.
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this is a gold “vessel terminating in the forepart of a fantastic leonine creature” from the Achaemenid Persian Empire, c. the 5th century BC.
For another cool ancient vessel/cup, see: So the Ancient Hittites Seem Awesome. Which one’s your favourite?
Source for artefact and photo: [Met accession no.54.3.3]