Honoring The King Of The Jungle – Lion Mosaic Mural
(5 min read) One of the animals most often depicted in art in general is the king of the jungle – the lion. The reason for its coveted title lies in its massive strength and raw power, as well as its undeniable beauty. It is no wonder mosaic artists have been trying to capture its royal essence for centuries.
Lion is a ferocious animal of great appetites; as such, it has always been feared and revered by mankind. From the earliest cave paintings found in Chauvet Caves in France to 2022 The Beast starring Idris Elba, the majestic presence of these big cats couldn’t be denied or overlooked. Whether the approach is to show the lion’s nobility and resilience like in Disney’s “The Lion King” or to depict the darker side of its existence, like in “The Ghost and The Darkness”, lions remain a huge figure in both are and culture.
Ancient Egypt had Bast, a lioness goddess, and an important “eye of Ra” being, while the Lion of Baylon sculpture still stands strongly as a testament to ancient Mesopotamian’s respect for the king of animals. Lions have also been referred to in the Bible and they hold a strong place in the Christian-Jewish tradition. The lion is one of the main characters in some well-known legends, such as the one about Saint Mark the Lionhearted, and it is also the biblical emblem of the tribe of Judah.
Considering the fact that most lions live in Africa, it is no wonder that the lion is and always will be a prominent figure in African folklore. In the colorful African folklore, White Lions are known as the Messengers of Gods. Their magnificent presence ensures prosperity and peace for all people living in their tribal lands.
There are also some bloodier and more documented legends, such as those about the infamous Mapogo lions. This notorious band of loyal brothers has ruled the planes of African Sabi Sands with an iron paw. Today there are only two Mapogo brothers left, Makhulu and Pretty Boy, but both are considered legendary and no one dares to mess with them.
One of the most well-preserved early lion mosaics comes from the 4th century BC and it was found on the territory of Ancient Macedonia. It is a floor mosaic excavated from the “House of Dionysus”, a stunning palatial mansion at Pella. The mosaic depicts two Macedoniab+ns hunting a lion on foot.
Modern depictions usually show a lion or a pride of lions in all their might. Just like some other glorious species mighty African lions are also listed as “vulnerable” on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. needless to say, that is probably one of the reasons why modern artists choose to show the beautiful and powerful side of these great animals.
Our catalog is brimming with a variety of gorgeous animal mosaics, including lions, so if you’ve decided to grace your walls, floors, or backsplashes with a king-of-the-jungle artwork, you’ve come to the right place.