The latter is one ofthe Japanese emblems of longevity.
As far as can be judged, the emblems of the original Physiologus were the following: (I) the lion (footprints rubbed out with tail; sleeps with eyes open; cubs receive life only three days after birth by their father's breath); (2) the sun-lizard (restores its sight by looking at the sun); (3) the charadrius (Deut.
He was never allowed to appear without these emblems of office, every day being considered a holy day for him.
To Gregory it was intolerable that a layman, whether emperor, king or baron, should invest a churchman with the emblems of spiritual office; ecclesiastical investiture should come only from ecclesiastics.
His image and name are often found on "votive hands," a kind of talisman adorned with emblems, the nature of which is obscure.