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Balinese Winged Lion Guardian Figure Hardwood Indonesian Art Palace Sculpture



A tour-de-force from a master Balinese sculptor, with amazing detail, carved in very hard, dense wood. A winged lion (called a singha) temple or palace guardian. Bali, Indonesia. Expertly carved wood with paints, 20th century. It would have been positioned above a door or gateway of a temple or palace. This is a "demon chaser", believed to ward off malevolent forces, and to attract positive forces at the threshold. Highly animated, posed in a taut crouched defensive/offensive position turning to its right, eyes bulging, mouth open with teeth bared, its left paw raised, ready to strike. Magnificent wings. Wearing a crown with tall point and royal collar. Tip of one of the right wing feathers missing and crack on base (see detailed photos).


  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.50 in. (41.91 cm)Width: 10 in. (25.4 cm)Depth: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Missing tip of one feather and crack on base. See photos.
  • Seller Location
    Santa Fe, NM
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5242219127372

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    $110 Standard Shipping
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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Santa Fe, NM
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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