Lion attacking a quadruped (architectural fragment)Artist(s)IndianArtist NationalityIndian (South Asian)Object Creation Date3rd century - 4th centuryMedium & SupportterracottaDimensions
9 ⅛ in x 14 ½ in x 3 13/16 in (23.2 cm x 36.9 cm x 9.7 cm);9 ⅛ in x 14 ½ in x 3 13/16 in (23.2 cm x 36.9 cm x 9.7 cm);1 ⅞ in x 13 15/16 in x 3 9/16 in (4.8 cm x 35.4 cm x 9 cm);10 7/10 in x 14 ½ in x 4 1/16 in (27.2 cm x 36.9 cm x 10.3 cm)Credit LineGift of Mark W. and Iuliana PhillipsLabel copy
This slab of clay was probably once part of a frieze with natural and mythological animals that decorated the exterior of a brick temple. Here, a tiger is shown in profile attacking a hoofed quadruped, while the mask-like face of another creature is shown frontally, spewing jeweled necklaces from its mouth, symbolizing prosperity and fecundity. A similar relief, quite possibly from the same building or site, is found in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Exhibited in "Divine Encounters, Earthly Pleasures: Twenty Centuries of Indian Art," 12/12/03-2/22/04.Subject matter
a lion mask spewing strands of pearlsPhysical Description
A terracotta block, probably originally part of a frieze around a building, with molded and incised design.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object Typearchitectural elementCollection AreaAsianRights
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