Stuffed lizards were often to be found hanging from the ceilings of barber-surgeons’ premises. They appear to have been symbols associated with the profession. Barber-surgeons and apothecaries were close professions and the latter also had similar creatures on display in their premises.
cat·a·falque noun \ˈka-tə-ˌfȯ(l)k, -ˌfalk\
1: an ornamental structure sometimes used in funerals for the lying in state of the body
2: a pall-covered coffin-shaped structure used at requiem masses celebrated after burial