Lion

One of two crouching lions of the monumental tomb of Clement XIII in st. Peter’s Basilica, made by Antonio Canova. In the symbolism of the elements associated with the fire the lion represents courage, the supreme power, nobility and pride. It acts as a solar symbol, and is also dedicated to solar deities (for example, the Vedic god Mitra). The form of a lioness is to emphasize the concept of motherhood along with sensuality; In fact, the lioness in many cultures is the sacred bird of the goddess-mother (for example, Ishtar was depicted standing on a lion, as well as those involved with the chariot of Cybele). Basilica di san Pietro – Roma
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