Wendens Ambo - St Mary - Brass Lion
Brass of William Loveney, c.1410, and lion. Lion cubs were erroneously believed to be born dead, then come alive after three days - a clear symbol of the Resurrection. Furthermore people believed that a lion never closed its eyes: thus lions implied vigilance. The representation of a lion at the foot of a funeral effigy symbolized the nobility and courage of the deceased, and hope for the afterlife.