These snarling, ferocious guardian lions originally stood watch over the entrance to a Buddhist temple in Nepal. The male lion was on the right and the female on the left. They are inscribed with a date that translates to 1815. Guardian images are common in Buddhist art from the Himalayas to China, where they are believed to protect dharma, the Buddhist teaching and law.


  • Title: Snow lion
  • Date Created: 1815
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 31 5/8 x 17 3/4 x 32 1/2 in. (80.33 x 45.09 x 82.55 cm)
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5081498/
  • Medium: Bronze
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation

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