Handcrafted Silver and Copper Lion Statue Base with Turquoise Stone.
Long before his time(6th-century BCE) the lion had already assumed its association with royalty in general, and especially the role of vehicle -- a "familiar" or animal associated with divinity. Whenever Buddha is shown seated there are eight lions -- one at each corner of the base or dais -- supporting his lotus throne.
The Lion is one of Buddhism's most potent symbols. Traditionally, the lion is associated with regality, strength and power. It is therefore an appropriate symbol for the Buddha who tradition has it was a royal prince.
The Buddha's teachings are sometimes referred to as the 'Lion's Roar', again indicative of their strength and power.