Venezia, Italy - St. Marks Winged Lion

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6521. Description: This is a beautifully detailed Victorian C1895 solid silver gilt charm of the Lion of St Mark. This was taken from a lovely silver Victorian bangle.

WINGED LION of ST. MARK'S in VENICE, ITALY Charm. The winged lion is the symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, and is used as the logo for St. Mark's Parish. This symbol comes from St. Mark's description of John the Baptist's voice "crying out in the wilderness" upon hearing the Word of God (Mark 1:3). His voice is said to have sounded like that of a roaring lion. This lion symbolism also appears in a vision of the Prophet Ezekiel where four winged creatures represent the four evangelists (Ezekiel 1:10). Matthew is depicted as a human, Mark as a lion, Luke as a bull, and John as an eagle.

Size: 18mm (6/8th) by 14mm (9/16ths).

Condition: Some wear to the gilding & the surface on the raised edges, especially on his face and the back of his head but otherwise very good condition.

Markings: Unmarked but tested as silver.

Weight: Approx 3.2 grammes.

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 28 June, 2007.

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