Simplifying the Lions

Almost a year ago when I was walking past a gate in London, saw a familiar symbol hung on the gate in a big way. On the tea-bags it almost un-recognizable - you may only see a lion and a horse holding a tortoise. The figure on the gate was very intricate and detailed. Making me wonder how could any one ever make accurate copies of it to be printed on tea bags. Thought it is almost impossible to print it on paper in black and white or in small size.

Some times later I stumbled on this print that was part of a report. Admired the way in which something terribly complicated as the lion and the unicorn on the gate has been reduced to flat neat line art.

Saranath Lions aren't less complicated either. Most replicas barely resemble the original two thousand year old lion capital. They too are not printer friendly. When printed in small size lions are unrecognizable. It looks more like a flower with three petals.

Could that have been simpler? I collected pictures of lions and tried to iconify their facial features. Then roughly sketched a face both front and side views making sure that proportions were correct and matched both the images. Scanned them and traced lines with Sodipodi over the scanned images. Next colored them and added shadows and shining using Gimp. These certainly do not look like the ancient raging lions.

Comments:

I quite like them! Even if they don't exactly look like the ancient lions, they do project a sense of majesty. Perhaps some more detail in the mane...

I just checked a couple of rupee coins lying around, the new stainless steel ones, and most of the detail on the lions has rubbed off. Perhaps they should create a simpler version like yours for striking coins -- but then it won't be authentic.

-K

Posted by Kaushik on January 26, 2005 at 04:00 PM PST #

Chandanji, Hello !! Thought they were really nice.....was trawling the 'net for stylized reproductions . . . .do you have any other derivatives, please ? I would be extremely grateful for your kind reply. Thank you very much Aug 15th 2005

Posted by Tushar on August 14, 2005 at 09:48 PM PDT #

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