Heraldic Lions

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The lion is the most common animal charge used in heraldry. Lions are usually depicted in a very stylised manner, and there are different names applied the different postures and other variations. Some but by no means all, are shown below.

rampant

langued

tongue coloured

armed

claws coloured

morn or disarmed

without tongue, teeth or claws

maned

mane coloured

dismembered

defamed

tail missing

cowed or coward

tail between legs

double queued

two tails

queue fourchy

forked tail

queue fourchy en saltire

forked and crossed tail

queue nowed

knotted tail

rampant guardant

facing outward

rampant reguardant

facing the rear

rampant sinister

facing the right

statant

standing

statant guardant

standing facing outward

statant sinister

standing, facing right

passant

passing, walking

passant guardant

facing outward

passant reguardant

facing the rear

passant sinister

walking to the right

salient

leaping upward

courant

running

sejant

sitting

sejant erect

sitting erect

couchant

lying down

dormant double-headed head couped

cut off straight

rampant, brandishing sword

crowned

head erased

torn off with ragged edge 

head erased and  crowned face or head guardant

facing outward

face or head guardant and crowned
     

combatant

face-to-face

addorsed

back-to-back

counter passant

walking past each other

     

 

Basics of Heraldry

Charges