Click here for a SLIDESHOW of all the colored Steinhowel images. Notice how this image shows both stages of the story in a single fragm: in the foreground, you can see the shepherd removing the thorn from the lion's paw and then, in the background, you can see the lion and the man encountered one another in the arena, where there is a wild elephant, too!
M0015 = Perry563. Source: Ademar 35. This is Perry 563. The most famous version of this story is found in Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights 5.14, where the shepherd is named Androcles (Androclus in Latin). For a similar story about a snake and his human friend, see #626. See also the fable of the panther and the villagers, #138.