Temple Lion - Antique Thai Style Bronze Standing Singha Temple Guardian or Lion - 19cm/8"
Measures (Height) 19cm/8"
A lovely antique Thai style Temple Guardian or Lion/Singha figure.
In the heart of Thailand, where spirituality and culture intertwine, a silent army stands sentinel, watching over the sacred spaces with unwavering dedication. These are the Singha or Thai Temple Guardians, mythical creatures and divine beings that populate the entrances of temples, imparting a sense of protection and reverence.
The Singha, a lion-like creature, is a common Thai Temple Guardian. With a regal mane and ferocious demeanor, Singha embodies strength and courage. Its presence symbolizes the guardian's ability to ward off malevolent forces and protect the temple from harm.
The guardians of the gate, are placed around the outside of a temple to serve both as greeters and defenders, they were specifically intended to protect the principle entrances of temples.
Devotees often pay homage to Thai Temple Guardians through rituals and offerings. Flowers, incense, and symbolic objects are presented to express gratitude for the protection and seek blessings for the journey ahead.
The statue is cast in the round to show a strong body with an ornate coiffure with full lips and almond-shaped eyes with incised pupils beneath gently curving brows. The casting is beautiful as you can see in the fine details of the face. The detail is rendered perfectly.
Thai Temple Guardians, with their mythical presence and symbolic significance, embody the spiritual essence that permeates Thai culture. As guardians of the sacred, they stand as timeless sentinels, inviting reverence, protection, and a connection to the divine.
In the intricate carvings and statues that grace the entrances of temples, the Thai Temple Guardians silently speak of a cultural legacy where mythology, spirituality, and art converge, creating a profound tapestry that resonates with the hearts of those who pass through their watchful gaze.
The distinctive patina is also particularly delightful. These traditional in appearance pieces are sure to add serenity to your home, office or sacred space.
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