Squatting hissing lion looking backwards
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ABS 251

 Code: ABS 251

  Country: Tibet

  Style: Imperial Period (Yarlung)

  Date: 800 - 900

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 6.5 x 6 x 2.6

  Materials: Brass

This statue of a squatting lion appears to be very early and may date back to the Tibetan imperial dynasty, popularly called Yarlung dynasty. As indicated by the tenons of the pair of feet, the lion was probably originally attached to an object, possibly a vessel. According to archaeological and literary references, sculptures of animals and especially of lions were very popular among the Tibetans of that period.