Lion sculpture

Lion sculptures were placed at the gateways to the Amaravati Stupa. Lions represented power and strength and were meant to ward off evil spirits and protect the Stupa.

Lions at the gates

This relief from the dome shows how the Amaravati Stupa may have looked with lions at the gates.

Lion sculptures may have been mounted on blocks like the one below.

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Stone block from Amaravati