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Lotus Throne Base

early 7th century

Rubin Museum of Art
Rubin Museum of Art

Lion thrones are characterized by two lions supporting the throne’s platform. The lion is a royal animal that was eventually used for the throne of the Buddha and other Buddhist divinities, since these figures share the symbolism of the “universal ruler” (chakravartin). In this work the playfully executed lions hold garlands in their outer paws. Between them a textile with tassels holds an inscription. The back legs of the throne are the heads of makaras (sea monsters) devouring lion paws. The throne stands on a double lotus that rests on a rock platform.

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  • Title: Lotus Throne Base
  • Date Created: early 7th century
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2005.37.2
  • Medium: Metalwork
  • Place of Creation: Gilgit
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (03/11/11 - 1/9/12)

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