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Lion of Judah Statuette

MO 63.2000
Lion of Judah Statuette
Maker unknown
ca. 1960
Ethiopia
Silver, gold plate
7 1/4" x 8"
Silver statue of a striding lion wearing a gold crown. The lion is mounted on a silver base. The surface of the statue has casing lines in block pattern to give the illusion that the statue is made of stone. The Lion's haunches are raised from the surface of the body to suggest muscles. The mane of lion is comprised of shingled spikes of silver. The Lion of Judah is the national symbol of Ethiopia, and "Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah" is the title of every Ethiopian Emperor. King Haile Selassie referred to himself as the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah. As this lion wears the royal crown, it may be a representation of the Emperor himself.
This sculpture was presented to President Kennedy by Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1974) during his state visit to the White House on October 1, 1963.
Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-1974)
  • JFKPOF-047-011
  • JFKPOF-047-012
  • JFKPOF-047-014
  • JFKPOF-116-004
  • JFKPOF-130-006
National Archives and Records Administration. Office of Presidential Libraries. John F. Kennedy Library. (04/01/1985- )
Donated to the United States
JFKSG-MO-1963-2000