DESCRIPTION: A museum quality bronze figure of a fierce temple guard lion, originating from Thailand and dating to the 16th/17th century. The lion stands erect on four legs with teeth barred in a ferocious posture, his muscular hindquarters ready to pounce. His mane is formed with tight curls, the tips appearing like flames; his tail is held tightly erect, traveling upward the length of his back to the top of his head. The grey-green mottled patina is beautiful and what you expect to see on a bronze of this age. Lions such as these were traditionally placed at the entrance of Buddhist temples to guard against evil spirits entering; this sculpture is a truly superb example exhibiting the pinnacle of this art form. DIMENSIONS: 16.5" high (42 cm) x 7.5' wide (19 cm) x 7.5" deep (19 cm).