A large and unique bronze palanquins pole end shaped as a lion’s head, Karnataka (India), early 18th century
These figurative sculpted cover was fitted to the front pole used to carry the palanquin. Its function was primarily decorative but probably this lion with gaping mouth was also intended to wonder and frighten onlookers. The crouching lion is cast with raised brows; wide, almond-shaped eyes; prominent ears and engraved manes; and pointy teeth.
As a result of Islamic influence, palanquins with unusual, grotesque or monstrous animal forms were very popular and their concepts were probably derived or based on demons and monsters described in the Šāhnāma (شاه نامه) or the Ḥamzanāma, two well-known Persian poems of the 11th century: tiger and lion heads were favorite subjects, as well as the kīrtimukha and the more recurring makara.
Very heavy sculpture: 2788 gram
- XVIIIe siècle
- Région/Pays d’origine
- Titre de l’œuvre d’art
- Large palanquin lion pole end
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- 24×16×11 cm