Antique Khmer Style Bronze Mounted Temple Guardian or Lion – 28cm/11. Measures – (Height) 28cm/11. A stunning antique Khmer style Temple Guardian or Lion figure, in the Angkor period, 10th century style of Banteay Srei. The “guardians of the gate”, are placed around the outside of a temple to serve both as greeters and defenders, they were specifically intended to protect the principle entrances of temples. The statue is cast in the round to show a strong body with an ornate coiffure with full lips and almond-shaped eyes with incised pupils beneath gently curving brows. The Chinthe is a leogryph (lion-like creature) that is often seen at the entrances of pagodas and temples in Cambodia. It is related to the Singha in Thailand and the Simha in Sri Lanka as well as to other similar lion statues in other parts of Asia. The chinthe will serve and protect the pagoda. Like the komainu of Japan, shisa of Okinawa and snow lion of Tibet, the chinthe is a variation of the Foo Dog Guardian Lions found in China. The casting of this piece is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. Each detail is rendered perfectly. The distinctive patina of the piece is also particularly delightful. The sculpture is mounted on wood. This traditional in appearance piece is sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – We have been offering SE Asian Art for many years and are proud of the reputation we have developed for fair and honest listings. We have other antique Asian statues available. Please check out our other listing where we have other beautiful Asian pieces available. Please message for international courier prices to your country. Please message with any questions. Thanks for your interest. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian/Oriental Antiques\South-East Asian”. The seller is “hd_asian_art” and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Region of Origin: Southeast Asian
- Product: Sculpture
- Primary Material: Bronze
- Sub-Type: Temple Guardian