Lion of Al-lāt

Palmyra, Syria

Damaged / destroyed / moved 2015

The Disappointed Tourist: Lion of Al-lāt , Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

The Lion of Al-lāt was a famous statue from the Temple of Al-Lat that was installed at the entrance to the Palmyra Museum in Palmyra, Syria. It was severely damaged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after the capture of Palmyra. The statue has been since been moved to Damascus and reconstructed. The painting is based on an undated open source photograph from 2010 from Wikipedia.

Requested by Anon.