Entrance Lion

Late 12th century
Cathedral of San Zeno, Verona, Italy

As at other churches with entrance lions, the beast supports one column of the portico. The other column is supported by a griffin clutching a bird in its paws. The lumpy object between the lion's paws was almost certainly discernible as another victim, perhaps a lamb, before bumps and weathering rendered it indistinct.

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