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Title

Lion

circa 13th century

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Cambodia
    Cultural origin
    Bayon style
    Date
    circa 13th century
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    copper alloy with gilt
    Dimensions
    13.7 x 4.5 x 7.7 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Bequest of Alex Biancardi 2000
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    42.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    Lions are an important motif in Southeast Asia, arriving in the region with the spread of Hindu and Buddhist ideas. They are identified with heroism and leadership, and therefore are symbols of royal power. Lions were depicted as guardian figures in temples, but were also representative of royal patronage. This small metal lion is highly stylised in a manner typical of central mainland Southeast Asia. The creature crouches in a strong frontal pose. Its body is compact and stocky, and tail curls upwards to touch the back of its head. Wide, pointed snouts dominate its fierce face. In keeping with the lion's association with kingly status, its chests display patterned breast-plates.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, May 2011

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Cambodia

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition