I'm not sure which one is standing guard. The lion or the pigeon on top of his head. Everywhere I went in Italy there were pigeons on tops of statues. Better to spot food from up on high. This lion was near the piazza in Volterra, Italy. This small hilltop town is the home of alabaster and all those wonderful items such as lamp shades, bowls,vases and other accessories they carve from it. A very translucent, semi soft mineral, alabaster takes many shapes and comes in many colors.
"Standing Guard" © Kathy Dunham 2008