Guardian Lion
12th century
Asia: Cambodia
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Lions were frequently employed as guardian figures along staircases and terraces of large temple complexes such as Angkor Wat. The lions are usually very stylized, as the animal is not native to the area, with expressive yet charming heads.


  • Title: Guardian Lion
  • Date: 12th century
  • Medium: Sandstone
  • Dimensions: 42 x 21-1/2 x 28 in. (106.7 x 54.6 x 71.1 cm)
  • Credit Line: Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
  • Accession Number: M.2010.1.69.S
  • Copyright: © Norton Simon Art Foundation

Object Information

  • Pal, Pratapaditya, Asian Art at the Norton Simon Museum, Volume 3: Art from Sri Lanka & Southeast Asia, 2004, no. 170 pp. 108, 216-217
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 1179 p. 380
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