You can’t say we’re two faced

Two bodies, one face. I saw both of these strange carvings in the sestiere of San Marco The first is set at the angle of a wall, as you can see. Is that a head between its front legs? And what do you make of the rear of its body? (He’s got pigeon discouragers on his head).

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The second appears on a patera fairly high on a wall. To me, the bodies are suggestive of rodents.

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7 responses to “You can’t say we’re two faced

  1. Oh the lore…the mysteries……so Italian!!

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  2. Alida Gafuik

    They’re very odd aren’t they.

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  3. Those pigeon protectors seem quite undignified to me, but possibly pigeon poop on one’s head is worse. Ciao Y! You know me, I always seem to bring down the tone of a high level discourse. 😉

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  4. It is indeed a horned head there displayed but I’ve forgotten — if I ever in fact knew — what the hybrid creature is supposed to be. The first example is designed to be seen from either side, but the rat-like creature in the second has me stumped.

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