Embossed gilt copper plate, representing a snow lion
7 x 10cm
Tibetan Gilt Copper Repoussé Panel
Copper, fire-gilded; traces of colour
very good, with nice patina
A Tibetan Gilt Copper Repoussé Panel Depicting a Standing Snow Lion with Typical Broad Mouth Flowing Mane and Bushy Tail.
The celestial animal and national emblem of Tibet, snow lions symbolise power and strength and are traditionally placed above temple doors or on altars inserted into the ‘Torana’; the arch of glory, which surrounds the divinity. Their function is to act as guardians and defenders and in this panel he is shown with his jaws parted as if emitting a menacing growl to ward off evil spirits.