Symbolism and Symbolic Meanings

What is a lion with wings called?


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Griffin: The Griffin is a legendary creature with the head, beak and wings of an eagle, the body of a lion and occasionally the tail of a serpent or scorpion. Its origin lies somewhere in the Middle East where it is found in the paintings and sculptures of the ancient Babylonians, Assyrians and Persians.

Lammasu: Lamassu are human headed lions that guard the gates of Assyrian temples and palaces. They have wings, and therefore the power of flight and have great strength.

Shedu: Similar to the Lamassu, this beast that is from Assyrian-Babylonian mythology has a human's head, the body of a bull and wings. It guards temples and palaces.