A sandstone figure of a guardian lion Cambodia, Khmer, Bayon style, late 12th/early 13th century
Lot 132
A sandstone figure of a guardian lion Cambodia, Khmer, Bayon style, late 12th/early 13th century
US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£24,000 - 37,000

Lot Details
A sandstone figure of a guardian lion Cambodia, Khmer, Bayon style, late 12th/early 13th century
A sandstone figure of a guardian lion
A sandstone figure of a guardian lion
Cambodia, Khmer, Bayon style, late 12th/early 13th century
The mane arranged in a mass of thick curls across his chest and on the back of the head, scrolling foliage framing his face, his mouth open wide as if grinning with teeth bared, his bulging eyes double outlined by stylized eyebrows, and wearing a foliate collar around his neck.
29 1/2 in. (74.9 cm) high

Footnotes

  • As noted by Sherman Lee (Ancient Cambodian Sculpture, New York, 1969, p. 110), although such statues were popular temple guardians throughout the Khmer empire, lions themselves were non-native to Cambodia. As a result, surviving examples show a powerful yet non-naturalistic figure and a fantastical mask-like face. These features, in turn, visually reinforce the present piece's protective function, while the collar renders its obedience to the religiopolitical institution it once guarded.

    For a related example and further discussion see Hellen Ibbitson Jessup and Thierry Zephir (ed.), Millennium of Glory: Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia, Washington, 1997, p. 81.

    Provenance:
    R. Hatfield Ellsworth and James Goldie, New York
    Sotheby's, New York, December 1, 1993, lot 136
    Raymond Handley, San Francisco
    Private Collection, New York

    Published:
    Sherman Lee, Ancient Cambodian Sculpture, Asia House Gallery, New York, 1969, no. 45, p. 83 & 110.
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