Ron and I loved this statue of this sleeping lion in Umbria. This led us to look up the symbolism that mankind has attributed to lions for many centuries as"King of the Jungle", or "King of the Beasts". In England, King Richard I was known as Richard the Lionheart, named for his bravery, and enlightened leadership.
The earliest drawings of lions (32,000 years old) was found in the Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche region of Southern France. The drawings show lionesses hunting. The Lascaux caves (15,000 years old) depict lions mating.
This association symbolizes royalty, bravery, as well as gentleness at the same time. One often sees door knockers with lion's heads, and lions on brands. Many luxury brands have used the symbol of lions to communicate their heritage and long standing traditions.