Created as an architectural element, this interesting, mythical animal is a vyala, a mythical creature with the head of an elephant and the body of a lion, used to control human passions. This one is especially charming, retaining its blue-gray body with white and gold details. It would make a wonderful garden accessory, but certainly would find many decorative possibilities inside the home.
DATE 17th century
DIMENSIONS Width 7 Depth 25 Height 17 in.
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