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The Lion of Knidos

by CosmoWenman, published

The Lion of Knidos by CosmoWenman Oct 18, 2012
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From the British Museum

Scanned by Cosmo Wenman, http://cosmowenman.com

Colossal marble lion from a tomb monument

Greek, about 350-200 BC
From Knidos, south-west Asia Minor (modern Turkey)

Medium: Marble
Dimensions: L: 3m x H: 2m

British Museum Object: GR 1859.12-26.24 (Sculpture 1350)

Found by Richard Pullan

Scanned by Cosmo Wenman using Autodesk 123D Catch at The British Museum, London, August 2012. For more information about this work visit:


This monster waits for visitors just inside the British Museum's Great Room. It's just unbelievably huge. And it has that weird, lumpen, almost friendly quasi-human quality to its face that so many pre-photographic depictions of animals have.

I've shared my AutoDesk 123D Catch scan, and an unedited .obj file. I included the .stl too, just so there'd be a cool preview image of the file here.

This file is not printable in its current state. Overall, it's a pretty good scan, but there are some holes in the mesh that need to be artfully repaired by hand. Once that's done, it looks to me like this is a very printable model.

If you re-export the obj file from Catch, get the texture file too: it looks great onscreen, even if you don't print it.

Cosmo Wenman

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