Himalayan Art Resources

Subject: Deities & Lions

Lion Imagery Page

Subjects, Topics & Types:
- Description (below)
- Lion Throne (Vairochana, Shakyamuni Buddha)

Lion Face Attribute:
- Narasimha
- Shingkyong (Male-Female)
- Simhamukha Dakini
- Simhamukha (Shri Devi retinue figure)
- Secondary Figures (Mandala)
- Others...

Lion Mount:
- Cherbu Mahakala
- Dorje Legpa
- Dorje Shugden
- Durga
- Jnana Dakini
- Machen Pomra
- Pehar Gyalpo
- Simhanada Lokeshvara
- Simhanada Manjushri
- Tseringma (Kagyu)
- Vaishravana
- Confusions
- Others...

There are three principal ways that lions are depicted in art. The first is as a mount for different deities, the second is adornments on the deities body, and the third is for general decorations such as the lion throne and torana backrest.

Jeff Watt 5-2021 [updated 8-2021]

(The images below are only a selection of examples from the links above).