Iconography in Art and Architecture...............Illustrated Dictionaries - Table of Contents
Lions with Ten Commandments
Buffalo Religious Art Center, Buffalo
Tas (Torah Shield
Temple Beth Zion, Buffalo
Tas (Torah Shield)
Holocaust Memorial Synagogue, Moscow, Russia
From ancient times to the present, the "Lion of Judah" has been one of the most popular symbols of the Jewish people.
The tribe of Judah is inextricably linked with this symbol (David, a descendant of Judah, is identified with the lion, as is the Davidic monarchy and the Messiah who will spring from this royal house).
Standing, reclining or leaping, they are almost always in harmonious pairs, by contrast with other animals that are depicted in a state of struggle.
During the last two centuries, lions on Jewish ceremonial art are generally portrayed carrying the Tablets.
- Jewish Heritage Online: The Lion in Jewish Art (Jan. 2011)