Two halves of a sculpture dating from 500 BC have been reunited after spending most of their existence apart, following an international search that
began with an expert's hunch twenty years ago and led him on a trail from Newcastle upon Tyne to Zurich, in Switzerland, via Ohio in the USA.
Now, the two halves of the terracotta lion's head, which would have decorated an ancient Greek temple, have gone on display together at Newcastle
University's Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology.
One half of the sculpture – the right-hand side – has been on display at Newcastle University since the 1970s, when it was purchased from Christie's
by the late Lionel Jacobson, a major benefactor of the University’s Greek collection, and given on loan to the University's Greek Museum.
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