Leone marciano

The term Marcian refers to St Mark the Evangelist, protector of Venice. According to an ancient tradition, an angel in the form of a winged lion appeared to the saint, who was shipwrecked in the Venices, saying 'Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus. Hic requiescet corpus tuum' or 'Peace be upon you, Mark, my evangelist. Here your body will rest'. The lion of St. Mark is symbolically represented with a book indicating peace when it is open but also war when it is closed with its left paw and the sword on the right. The lion is commonly depicted in two postures: standing on four legs or sitting, also called in Moleca, represented in many contexts and objects of Venetian tradition.
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