Lion relief, sand stone, 13th century AD. Thap Mam, Binh Dinh province
Lion relief, sand stone, 13th century AD. Thap Mam, Binh Dinh province.
The Lion is among the sacred animals that are the most depicted in the Champa stone sculpture. This lion is carved wearing a soft Sampot and a lot of jewely. Usually placed as decorative elements at the tower’s corners, the lions are often large in size and carved in standing postures. They look very strong and energetic, with muscular body and full muscles. The lion, usually called Simha, is considered symbol of nobility and royalty, and it represents the imperial power and strength of the Champa kings. Therefore, the Champa Kingdom’s capital Tra Kieu is called Simhapura, the king’s throne is called Simhasana (Lion throne), and the throne of Vishnu or Buddha is also called Simhasana (Lion pedestal).