Casket or chest legs are almost always found detached, as the material comprising the body of the furniture (usually wood) has not survive. They were used for various containers, such as capsa, acerra, and pyxides (cosmetic and incense jars).
The use of lions in Roman art returns to the symbolic significance of the animal. Lions were perceived as an emblem of strength, justice and even sovereignty; they were compared to the Roman’s secular government. Withing Roman art there are various depictions of lions attacking other animals or barbarians and the allegory is clear. The lion symbolised the victory of Roman Imperial strength over the barbarian enemy.