Snow Lion

DATE:
1815
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Bronze
CLASSIFICATION:
Sculpture
DIMENSIONS:
Overall: 31 1/4 x 17 3/4 x 31 1/2 in. (79.38 x 45.09 x 80.01 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Arts of Asia
LOCATION:
308 3RD FLOOR STAIR LANDING
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation
OBJECT NUMBER:
1997.139.2

General Description

This snarling, ferocious guardian lion, one of a pair, originally stood watch over the entrance to a Buddhist temple in Nepal [1997.139.1]. The male lion was on the right and the female on the left. The lions are a fine example of the masterly bronze casting employed by the Newar people in the valley of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Such ferocious guardian images are common in Buddhist art from the Himalayas to China, where they are believed to protect dharma, the Buddhist teaching and law. The lions are inscribed with a date that translates to 1815.

Excerpt from

  • Label text, Anne Bromberg, 2003.