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LION – The King of the Jungle, a symbol of courage and monarchy. The images of the Lion has always been a fascinating subject studied by artists throughout the different ages and period of time as equal importance next to the human form in the history of Art. We are able to witness some of the finest works around the World as references of art captured as landmark to major historical building as part of the design and its importance significant to the surrounding architecture, landscape and gardens.

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Bronze Lion Head Mask by John W. Mills


Bronze Head posing Lion by John W. Mills










Staue of the goddess Sekhmet

Statue of the Goddess SEKHMET


Wall carving on stone figure of SEKHMET


As part of the Egyptian civilization, the lion represents the ferocious heat of the sun and was seen in the likeness of SEKHMET, Egyptian goddess known as the Eye of Ra. She is the power that protects the good and annihilates the wicked.

Antonio Canova statue cemetery Angel with a lion

Antonio Canova statue cemetery Angel with a Lion

In ancient Greece art, 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.

Narasimha half man and half lion avatar of Vishnu

NARASIMHA half man and half lion avatar of VISHNU



Manjushri Himalayan Buddhist art 14th century Tibet

Manjushri Himalayan Buddhist art 14th-15th Century Tibet


In other religions throughout the World

Hinduism art  here depicted in stone sculpture as Temple pillar (a figure of Half man and Half lion avatar embodiment or personification) of Vishnu. Similarly we see more examples in tapestry, wood carvings, frescos panels and other mediums.., around the major cities of India and the Asian continent.

In Buddhism art, The Buddha sits upon the lion as a throne as a symbol of consistency, strength and wisdom.

Artist: RUBEN PETER PAUL Flemish (1577-1640) Title: Daniel in the Lions Den National Gallery

Daniel in the Lions Den by Rubuns

The Old Testament recounts how the Persian king Darius I “The Great” (550–486 BC) condemned the devout and steadfast Daniel to spend the night in a lions’ den for worshipping God rather than him. The following morning, after the stone sealing the entrance was rolled away, the astonished Persians saw Daniel, very much alive, giving thanks to God for keeping him safe overnight: “Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” (Daniel 6:21–22) For theologians, Daniel’s miraculous survival in the cave symbolized the resurrection of Christ from his tomb, and the promise of God’s protection to those of unwavering faith.



Beauty and The Beast by Alan M. Hunt


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Up there so grand, you lie and watch,
Sentinel, paired eternal friends,
Like guardians to this fair vale, you look upon,
We listen to your roars, so loud at times.
Or suffer your bleating cries, with rushing tears.
Climb we will, your rugged plinth,
For intimacy some shall seek and cherish,
And touch and feel your toughened body,
Warm, cold, wet or dry, y silvery mane,
Such is the welcome of your high domain.



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Visit our gallery today and witness some of the exquisite collection of “The Power of LION ART” showcase in our regular monthly changing exhibitions by our portfolio of ICAS gallery artists. The collection includes watercolour studies to bronze sculptures by British sculptor John W. Mills and original paintings, study pencil drawings to affordable limited edition signed prints by Internationally renowned wildlife painter Alan M. Hunt.

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