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Guardian Lion

Guardian Lion, 12th century

Cambodia: Angkor period, 1100-1199
42 x 21-1/2 x 28 in. (106.7 x 54.6 x 71.1 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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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