A lion is a lion? It is not that simple. The Manufactory’s current collection features 20 different versions of arguably the most famous symbol of Bavaria alone. And that is just a small selection. Since the Manufactory was founded, every artist has interpreted the Bavarian heraldic animal in his own way – sometimes heroic, sometimes calm and serious, at others playful. The majestic heraldic animal plays a double role in the history of Nymphenburg: On the one hand, it is intended to recall the Bavarian culture and the Manufactory’s home base, and on the other it makes reference to the House of Wittelsbach and its reign.