This byzantine silk is dated from 9th-10th century and was based on a Sassanian original. The pictured fragment can be found in Museo Nazionale in Italy, Ravenna. A lion was a common symbol used by dukes and counts in the Middleages but also by emirs and ranked governers of Ancient Empires in Near East. Sources about this fabric: Archive of St.Etienne, Arabiyah and Art Quill Studio.
Arartian (Urartian) fresco, from the 8th century BC Erebuni fortress, Yerevan Armenia. An eternity wheel in the middle guarded by two lions, one of the insignia’s of the kings of Armenia, possibly Argishti I, the founder of the Erebuni fortress.
Gold ring, the ribbed hoop terminating in beaded shoulders supporting the cruciform bezel set with two emeralds in oblong settings, centred on a third emerald in a round setting flanked above and below by two rubies similarly set Late Roman, 4th century A.D., hoop perhaps later. @Deidra Brocké Wallace