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Shir-o Korshid, the lion holding a sword with a sun rising on his back, is the national symbol of Iran since many centuries. It has been on the flag since the 16th century, under the Saffavid dynasty, until 1979, when the revolution removed the lion, given its imperial signification, to replace it shortly after with the stylized word "Allah" in the form of a tulip.

The lion can be seen on many ceramics decorating monuments; this one is on a panel overlooking the main entrance of the Takieh of Mo'aven ol-Molk, in Kermanshah (19th century).

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