Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Dolphin and Trident

photo by Candace Benson

Cavalli are the impressive brass fixtures that decorate gondolas
and a few other rowed passenger vessels from Venice.

Most cavalli are designed on a horse theme - which makes sense
as "cavalli" translates to "horses".
There are some deviations though.

Here we see one version of the "dolphin and trident" design.
Taking a closer look, you might think that the "dolphin" looks more like
a serpent-like sea monster, but what we're looking at here is an example
of how the ancients saw dolphins.

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