The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolizes bravery, valor, strength, and royalty, because historically it has been regarded as the king of beasts. A "lion rampant" is depicted in profile standing erect with forepaws raised. The position of the hind legs varies according to local custom: the lion may stand on both hind legs, braced wide apart, or on only one, with the other also raised to strike; the word rampant is often omitted, especially in early blazon, as this is the most usual position of a carnivorous quadruped. The earliest recorded use of the Lion rampant as a royal emblem in Scotland was by Alexander II in 1222. A rampant lion adorns the middle of the shield with simulated decorative grommets around the edges. This shield has been constructed to resemble a real Medieval Shield but without all the heavy lifting. This piece is great for pretend play for your little ones. You too can join in and battle that rowdy youngster. This piece is constructed of a heavy duty Polyurethane Foam with nylon straps. Overall length is 20.75 inches.