This is one of a pair of Vatican lions. The originals of these magnificient lions are from a pair sculpted by Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Rome. The lion is symbol of the Roman and Macedonian empires, carried by Roman emperors such as Caesar and Macedonian kings such as Philip of Macedon and Alexander the Great.
Made of cast stone. Cast stone is a type of gypsum cement whose properties are much different from plaster of paris which is what most sculpture shops use. Unlike plaster, which is soft, light and weak, cast stone is hard, heavy and strong. Cast stone feels like, and is heavy like a real stone would be, which can be experienced as soon you try to lift it. This item has a hole or a hook in the back for easy wall hanging.
This item is also available in other color finishes - if you like other then the pictured finish, please chose from the pull down menu above. To see pictures of our cast stone finishes please visit our "Cast Stone Sculptures FAQ". There is no extra charge for any other finish you chose.
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