Handcrafted from an antique seal from early 1800s Italy, this talisman features a lion with a book and a sword in its paws is representing the evangelist St Mark and is also the symbol of the city of Venice. St Mark, represented as a lion, is a typical Christian iconography derived from the prophetic visions contained in Revelations 4:7. The lion is one of the four living creatures described in the book as a place around the throne of the Almighty and they are chosen as symbols of the four evangelists. Matthew is depicted as a human, Mark as a lion, Luke as a bull, and John as an eagle.
Venetian tradition states that when St. Mark was traveling through Europe, he arrived at a lagoon in Venice, where an angel appeared to him and said "Pax tibi Marce, evangelista meus. "Hic requiescet corpus tuum.", which translates to "May Peace be with you, Mark, my evangelist. Here your body will rest." The remains of St. Mark are interred in the Basilica of St. Mark which is located in the famous St. Mark Square (Piazza San Marco) of Venice.
The heraldic symbol of the lion is dauntless courage, while the book represents counsel and the sword symbolizes justice.
This fine silver talisman is approximately 3/4” x 1/2" oval and hangs on an 18" stainless steel baby ball chain that closes with a ball chain connector clasp. Other types of chains are sold separately.
Each piece of jewelry from The Silver Acorn comes packaged in a tasteful gift box with a meaning card ready for gift-giving.
Handcrafted in her studio in Spokane, Washington, each symbolic wax seal item from The Silver Acorn is hand-stamped in reclaimed fine silver or bronze and will be slightly different and uniquely yours.