makara

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Scope note
Motif often serving as a framing architectural device, generally combined with lintels of free-standing gateways supported by carved pillars set on molded bases. Based on ancient mythical animal, the "makaras (legendary animals)," of Indian origin and used throughout Asian art.
makara
Accepted term: 15-Jul-2024