English oak rampant lion

1550 - 1600 possibly earlier
England

W 6 1/6" × H 18 1/4" × D 13 1/2"

Stock # Marh2291

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English oak carved and polychromed crowned rampant lion. Provenance: Sir Robin Cooke, Athelhampton House, Dorset

The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolises courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour, because historically the lion has been regarded as the "king of beasts".