Guardian Lion

Place Made:
Cambodia: Angkor period
12th century
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:
© Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Not on View

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.

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