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Early 18th Century
Size: 25cm high, 35cm wide, 9cm deep – 9¾ ins high, 13¾ ins wide, 3½ ins wide (each)
In Christianity the lion is the emblem of St Mark and is also associated with Daniel, Samson who is often portrayed wearing the skin of the lion he killed, and St Jerome. Lions symbolise strength and majesty and are often portrayed as defensive bulwarks in many Italian churches where statues of lions support the porch columns. Here they can catch small creatures in their claws, symbolising sin, that try to slip in past them.