On Via Calimurazza, Florence, as you slow down with a gelato clutched in your hand and look up, you’ll see a number of representations of an eagle clasping a bale of fabric in its claws.
They indicate the presence of the powerful Florentine guild who “ imported woollen cloth from northern France, from Flanders and Brabant, which was dyed, stretched, fulled, calendared and finished in Florence“ (World Heritage Encyclopedia™).
For those of you with an interest in history, here is a link to one of many online articles regarding this guild: Arte_di_Calimala
The guild was founded in the late 1100s, so we are left to speculate as to the age of these carvings.
You’ll also see a portrayal of the Holy family.
Thank you to Jane who pointed me in the direction of this little street in Florence.