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The winged lion is found in various forms especially in Ancient and Medieval civilizations.
There were different mythological adaptions for the winged lion:
- Shedu or lamassu in Sumerian, Akkadian, and Sherdal in Persian mythology was depicted as a winged lion. He has often been depicted with a bull body instead of a lion body.
- The first beast in the first vision of the biblical prophet Daniel resembled a winged lion.
- The winged lion was the heraldic symbol of Mark the Evangelist.
The emblems of the winged lions were featured in different countries:
- The emblem of the Republic of Venice as the heraldic symbol of St. Mark the Evangelist, the patron saint of the Republic.
- The Lion of Venice is an ancient bronze sculpture of a winged lion that is located in the Piazzetta di San Marco, Venice
- The flag of the short-lived Septinsular Republic, derived from the above (Ionian Islands under Venetian rule), has a winged lion on it
- The logo of the Italian company Assicurazioni Generali which has a winged lion on it was derived from the above
- The emblem of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Joint Force Command Naples headquarters, in Italy, is a winged lion holding a sword and scroll on which is written PAX - Latin for 'peace'.
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