Height/width: 45x30 mm.
Natural fur decoration.
Obviously, the symbolic meaning of lions primarily deals with strength. The fact that it is a nocturnal creature means that the lion is a symbol of authority and command over subconscious thought. Other than a symbol for strength, other symbolic attributes of the lion include courage, power, royalty, dignity, authority, dominion, justice and wisdom.
In Egypt, the lion represented the ferocious heat of the sun and was seen in the likeness of Sekhmet who is the Egyptian goddess known as the Eye of Ra. She is the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked. In ancient Greece, lions were identified with Dionysus, Phoebus, Cybele, and Artemis because myth indicates lions drew the chariots for these gods and goddesses.
Here, the symbolic meaning of lions revolved around protections and they were viewed as guardians of the dead as well as guardians of palaces, doorways, shrines and thrones. They were also ultimate protectors of hearth and home.
In Buddhism the Buddha sits upon the lion as a throne of consistency, strength and wisdom. In alchemy, the symbolic meaning of lions is associated with the highly idealistic and prized attributes of gold.
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