Desk inspired by Ashokan lion capital at Sarnath
Furniture often acts as a vessel for both the tangible and the abstract. When done right, a piece of furniture becomes an ambassador for another time, philosophy and sensibility. So, even the smallest details become integral in telling a story.
The Ashokan lion pillar consists of four asiatic lions facing the cardinal directions, with the lions representing the chakravartin Buddha, roaring to symbolise the might of Buddhism. They are the earliest examples of Indian stone sculptures, as earlier models are believed to have been carved in wood. The frieze consists of a very deep relief carving of an elephant, horse, bull and lion, each followed by a chariot wheel. The lions were topped by the Ashokan dharma chakra, the spinning wheel of dharma which carries society forward.
This desk comes with a marquetry top depicting the cardinal directions.
27''D x 40''W x 40''H