Stele with lions

Red sandstone
Northern India
10th – 11th century
H. 9 cm or 3 ⅝ in



Formerly guarding the base of a stele, the three lions are skillfully carved in playful animated postures. Their physiognomy and long manes extending across the back of their necks follow a style also seen in sculptures of lions at Khajuraho (e.g., Béguin, Khajuraho, Milan, 2017, p.64).

Provenance: Collection of Fay and William Bullock King (1911-73), South Carolina ; Thence by descent ; The Charleston Library Society, South Carolina, 1992-2019.