The heraldic Lion is probably the most recognised of all the heraldic beasts. Used as a visual metaphor for strength and courage it is as poignant today when used in graphic imagery, as when it was first used in heraldry in the 12th century. Found in the shield of a coat of arms (a charge), or as a crest denoted by the rope underneath the beast called a torse or wreath. Today it is a symbol which still symbolises many family names, and an attractive image that is appealing to many...
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So the main heraldic positions, or ‘attitudes’ as they are known, of the heraldic lion are as follows; rampant (standing on hind legs), passant (stood on 3 legs), Statant (stood on 4 legs), sejant (sat down), guardant (looking at you), regardant (looking over his shoulder), or if the lion is demi (cut off at the waist), and if the lion is double queued (has two tails). Colour, or if the lion is charged with another heraldic device is also relevant... | our unique pledge
Heraldic attitudes are not to be confused with the artistic style of the lion which holds no heraldic significance at all. For example; the shape of the lion, length or proportion of limbs, or head of the lion, tufts of hair, etc. is purely decoration and just down to the style of the herald that drew the lion at any one time. This will change over time as each artists interpret the design in their own hand. However the key heraldic features or attitudes must remain the same for the lion to retain its meaning.