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Creator Nationality: Asian; Indian Sub-Continent; Indian
Creator Dates/Places: Asia,South Asia,India,Uttar Pradesh (state)
Creator Active Place: Asia,South Asia,India,Uttar Pradesh (state)
Creator Name-CRT: Asia,South Asia,India,Uttar Pradesh (state)
Title: Rampant Mythical Lions (Vyala)
Title Type: preferred
View: Front view
Creation Start Date: 701
Creation End Date: 900
Creation Date: 8th - 9th cen.
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sandstone
Materials and Techniques: Sandstone; architectural fragment
Dimensions: L: 73.7 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm (29 x 9 x 5 in.), R: 72.7 x 21.6 x 16.2 cm (28 5/8 x 8 1/2 x 6 3/8 in.)
AMICA Contributor: The Art Institute of Chicago
Owner Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ID Number: 1997.714
Credit Line: The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Marilynn B. Alsdorf
Subject Description: A vyala is a lion made fantastic by the addition of horns and an elaborate foliate tail. Between about the seventh and the tenth century the lion was a common motif in western and central Indian temple architecture. Usually shown in a lively, rearing, contorted posture, as if dancing, vyala were placed in recesses on the exterior walls of temples, alternating and seemingly interacting with the languid celestial nymphs on the projecting transepts, as if to embody the contrast between beauty and the beast,between repose and action.
AMICA ID: AIC_.1997.714
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright The Art Institute of Chicago, 1999
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