Details about Winged Lion of St. Mark Venice BRONZE Sculpture StatueWinged Lion of St. Mark Venice BRONZE Sculpture Statue See original listing
Mar 17, 2012 15:03:21 PDT
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Winged Lion of St. Mark Venice - 100% BRONZE sculpture statue
Made of 100% pure bronze (lost wax method)
Dimensions: 9" x 6" (23 x 16cm)
Code # XB351
So why does a maritime city like Venice have a lion as its mascot? Wouldn't a seagull, a fish, or a duck from the marshy Venetian Lagoon be a more appropriate symbol?
The answer to that question lies in the Ninth Century, when--according to legend--two or three ambitious Chamber of Commerce types from Venice stole the remains of St. Mark the Apostle from his tomb in Alexandria, Egypt. William Lithgow tells the story in his "Comments on Italy" from The Rare Adventures and Painfull Peregrinations, published in 1614 and quoted in Ian Littlewood's Venice: A Literary Companion:
After crossing the Mediterranean and cruising up the Adriatic, the graverobbers reached Venice and handed their cargo over to the Doge. The local religious and civic authorities quickly elected St. Mark as Venice's patron saint, and the apostle's traditional symbol--a winged lion--became the logo of the Venetian Republic.
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