An image of Lion

Unknown Artist

Lion

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

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

Place of origin
Cambodia
Cultural origin
Bayon style
Year
circa 13th century
Media
Sculpture
Medium
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
Accession number
42.2000