Ivory Throne Leg
- Throne leg
- Historical period(s)
- Eastern Ganga dynasty, 13th century
- 34.9 x 15.7 x 13.1 cm
- India, Orissa
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- Since at least the second century, Indian sculptors created ivory thrones to proclaim royal command. On this splendidly carved throne leg, a gajasimha—a mythical creature combining the strength of an elephant (gaja) and a lion (simha)—calmly dispatches the demonic warrior dangling from its trunk. The sculptor contrasted the forceful curves and broad smooth surfaces of the elephant-lion with an intricately realized mountain landscape. Archers and wildlife gambol through its crags, while a hermit meditates and a lion slumbers.
Spink and Company, London, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Spink and Company in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 933, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Former owner
- C.L. Freer source: Spink & Co.
- Furniture and Furnishing
- Collection(s) Area
- South Asian and Himalayan Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum