the lion

replica ancient Greek black figure kylix with lion jewellery online at itsallgreek.co.uk and at It's All Greek London

The Greeks regarded lions as guardians of palaces, entrances and shrines (such as the Lion Gate in Mycenae) and as protectors of the hearth and home. In ancient Greek mythology, lions were also associated with Artemis and other Greek gods and goddesses as they would be used to pull their chariots.

The lion was a symbol of courage and protection, and also represents strength, royalty, authority and power.

In Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, heroes such as Achilles and Hektor are compared with lions at moments of extreme passion and power. Herakles, in the first of his 12 labours, overcame the hitherto invincible Nemean lion and thereafter wore the impenetrable lionskin by which he is so often recognised on Greek pottery and sculpture.


gold-plated pendant: Mycenaean lion

gold-plated pendant: Mycenaean lion

The inspiration for this pendant comes from a gold rhyton excavated at Mycenae. Discovered in Grave ..

Code: JV-204

£70.00 Ex Tax: £58.33

Herakles and Alexander the Great coin pendant

Herakles and Alexander the Great coin pendant

Alexander is shown with a plumed helmet; Herakles on the other side is shown in combat with the Neme..

Code: JV-105

£75.00 Ex Tax: £62.50

large lion head pendant

large lion head pendant

The head of a lion with bared teeth and splendid mane forms this chunky pendant!Symbol of royalty, d..

Code: JV-126

£60.00 Ex Tax: £50.00

lion bracelet

lion bracelet

A delicate bracelet of plain cuff design, with lion head finials.Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage..

Code: JV-155

£100.00 Ex Tax: £83.33

lion bracelet (special order item)

lion bracelet (special order item)

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength, lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-127

£100.00 Ex Tax: £83.33

lion head earrings

lion head earrings

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength, lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-122

£75.00 Ex Tax: £62.50

lion head ring

lion head ring

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength. Lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-046

£65.00 Ex Tax: £54.17

lion torque

lion torque

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength, lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-128

£150.00 Ex Tax: £125.00

luxurious lion ring

luxurious lion ring

A characterful and chunky ring, composed of a lion head with extravagant mane and curled tail!Symbol..

Code: JV-124

£145.00 Ex Tax: £120.83

luxurious twin lions bracelet

luxurious twin lions bracelet

Symbol of strength, courage and protection. The Greeks regarded lions as the guardians of shrines, e..

Code: JV-005

£250.00 Ex Tax: £208.33

marble pair of Canova lions

marble pair of Canova lions

The original lions were carved in 1792 by the Italian artist, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for the mon..

Code: SA-092

£150.00 Ex Tax: £125.00

Mycenaean lion pendant

Mycenaean lion pendant

The inspiration for this pendant comes from a gold rhyton excavated in Mycenae. Discovered in Grave ..

Code: JV-203

£65.00 Ex Tax: £54.17

pair of marble Canova lion bookends

pair of marble Canova lion bookends

The original lions were carved in 1792 by the Italian artist, Antonio Canova (1757-1822) for the mon..

Code: SA-093

£80.00 Ex Tax: £66.67

small lion head pendant

small lion head pendant

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength, lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-047

£45.00 Ex Tax: £37.50

twin lions ring

twin lions ring

Symbol of royalty, dignity, courage and strength, lions featured prominently in ancient Greek art an..

Code: JV-069

£60.00 Ex Tax: £50.00

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