||A "lion passant" is walking, with the right fore paw raised
and all others on the ground.
A "Lion of England" denotes a lion passant guardant Or, used as an
Note: A lion thus depicted may be called a "leopard".
||A lion (or other beast) coward carries
the tail between its hind legs.
The tail also may be knotted (nowed), forked (queue fourchée)
or doubled (double-queued); as in the arms of the kingdom of Bohemia.
Other terms are used to describe the lion's position in further detail. The lion's head is normally seen in agreement with the overall position, facing dexter (left) unless otherwise stated. If his head looks back over his shoulder he is regardant.
|Tail to Mouth||
"Tail to mouth, a typical posture, usually without immediate reference to the accompanying narrative." -- McNulty
"...lions, traditionally associated with royalty, are appropriate for
the royal struggle at the heart of the Tapestry's story." -- McNulty
The lion's head is normally seen in agreement with the overall position, facing dexter (left) unless otherwise stated. If a lion's whole body is turned to face right, he is to sinister. If his whole body faces the viewer, he is affronté. If his head only faces the viewer he is guardant or gardant, and if he looks back over his shoulder he is regardant. These adjectives follow any other adjectives of position.