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Title

Lion

circa 13th century


Artists

Unknown Artist


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


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



Place

Where the work was made
Cambodia

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history