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Heraldic Lion, from the Shiva temple (Candi Siva) of the Lora Jonggrang Complex

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From the central Shiva Temple, Candi Loro Jonggrang, Prambanan, Central Java, Indonesia; late 19th/early 20th century, probably removed from the temple. Early 20th century until 1987, in a private collection near Amsterdam [see note 1]. May 13, 1987, anonymous sale, Sotheby's, Amsterdam, lot 1386, to J. Polak, Amsterdam, for the MFA. (Accession Date: June 24, 1987) NOTES: [1] According to information provided by Sotheby's at the time of the sale, the sculpture had been in a Dutch collection for more than seventy years.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by exchange from a Gift of John Goelet and Gift of Constance B. and Carroll L. Cartwright

Javanese, Late 9th–early 10th century A.D.

Object Place

Loro Jonggrang, Prambanan, Central Java, Indonesia


54 x 30 x 40 cm (21 1/4 x 11 13/16 x 15 3/4 in. )

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Medium or Technique

Andesite (volcanic stone)