Haunting 16th C. Nepalese Stone Mythical Singha Lion Temple fragment
Origin: Nepal, Provenance: Found in an old collection of Asian Art in San Francisco
Period: At least 16th century, possibly older
Materials: Stone, libations, ocher pigments
Description: This haunting and powerful temple fragment features a stylized Lion "Singha" having open mouth with exposed teeth. Its tail rises from the base and is positioned behind the back. its paw is resting on the chest, showing distinctive parted claws. It has an impressive encrusted patina from years of religious worship and still has remnants of applications of orange ocher pigments! There are many carved striations which match the texture and hair of the creature. In good condition with old loss to left tooth. A custom stand may be order for an additional fee.
Dimensions: Height 10.25” (26 cm), Width 6” (15.5 cm), Depth 3.5 (9 cm)
Weight 9 lbs
The literal translation to Nepali for Singha is “lion”. Two lion-like stone or metal figures are placed at two sides of entrances of temples in Nepal. The Singha is the mythical lion that is believed to guard the entrances according to the Buddhist religion. Like elsewhere, the lion also represents royalty and leadership, thus it may also represent the link between kings and gods. The Singha wards off negative energy from religious places and is revered as a powerful creature.