lion figure

In Bali the lion is associated with guardianship and royalty. Carved lion figures are a widespread decorative feature in both temples and aristocratic homes. They are commonly portrayed with wings and elaborately carved manes and tails. More recent examples are brightly painted and lavishly gilt. This example has remnants of such decoration but its condition suggests that it could be a very early example.

Date/Period
19th century or earlier
Region
Bali, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 54 x 36 x 50 cm
Accession No.
2015-00377
Material
Wood
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Woodcarving