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Panthera Leo, the lion

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The lion is one of the Indian large cats, easily distinguished from the others by its golden colour, imposing mane in the male and its long tail ending in a black plume. Lions have their own typical way of hunting. The most extensive field study on this terrain is without doubt that of Schaller on the Serengeti lion of Africa; this chapter summarizes only parts of his description. The amount of lion sculptures, either as free-standing statues on their own or playing a major or minor role in narrative friezes or on steles with divinities, is enormous, which makes it practically impossible to take them all into account here. A brief overview is given in the chapter, illustrating the most typical examples.

Keywords: Africa; divine vehicle; free-standing statues; lion; narrative reliefs; royal emblem; stone sculpture; throne-legs



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