TEN LIONS BOOK STORE
Ten Lions is a partnership between the California Historical Society and Heyday. Ten Lions features key Heyday titles that focus on California's myriad stories as well as locally crafted items from Bay Area artisans. Ten Lions also hosts curated events and discussions. Please visit our Events Calendar page for more event details.
Ten Lions Book Store will also be featuring jewelry by Kirsten Sabina Designs. The collection derives its inspiration from both the natural and industrial elements of the Bay. Seeds, feathers, vintage beads reminiscent of the Summer of Love, metal tubing, and natural leather cording are featured in some of the unique designs.
THE STORY OF TEN LIONS
Ten lions guard our building, our archives, our people, our history, our future, and our community store at 678 Mission Street in San Francisco.
"Some 2500 years ago, a Greek artist conceived the strange idea of putting a movable ring into the mouth of a lion, or rather of combining two traditional elements, an artistic and a utilitarian one, by uniting a lion protome with a swinging handle. The new art form, once created, lived on everywhere and became almost immortal . . . The figure of the lion was the traditional guardian of the dwelling and belongings of the living and the dead." (Otto Kurz, "Lion-Masks with Rings in the West and in the East," in Studies in Art (Scripta Hierosolymitana 24; ed. Moshe Barasch; Jerusalem: Magnes, 1972): 23).