Porta San Marco

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Wherever I go, I look for lions. Not only because I have a friend who collects lions and it’s nice to keep a lookout on her behalf. It’s also fun for me, because lions turn up in the most various forms and shapes and contexts.

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I consider this a real find. Or what do you think, lion hunter Lejonjägaren? This is the very grand Porta San Marco of Livorno, a gate from 1840 in the most recent of the city walls.

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6 comments on “Porta San Marco

  1. Dina says:

    Thanks for this close-up. His middle section is interesting; must be a story there.
    We have that same Italian lion up on top of the old Generali Building in Jerusalem.
    The lion is the symbol of Jerusalem so I collect them too.

    • CS says:

      Nice symbol of the city! The city I come from has a lion too, but a heraldic one with a sword and a shield. This one looks like it’s had a bit of a stomach surgery…

  2. the Lionhunter says:

    Fint jellon!
    Särskilt de kraftfulla tassarna med synliga klor. Påminner om Medicipissarnas i Florens.

    Manen liknar en allongeperuk och han har skojigt småkrusigt skägg på hakan. Men ser han inte lite harmynt ut? Saknas framtänderna eller är det bara den ena huggtanden i underkäken som är något stukad? Antagligen gammert.

    Tänkte, liksom Dina, att det är något speciellt med mittsektionen. Kroppen verkar något för lång. En rekonstruktion (kan du inte fråga Giacomo om han vet)? Vingarna är nog dock original.

    Bra jagat – ser fram emot fler lejon från Livorno.
    (Muren är också imponerande!)

    • CS says:

      Tänkte väl du skulle gilla pissen! Ska försöka kolla det där med magdelen, om det bara är olika slags marmor eller en reparation. Fler jellon kommer!

  3. bastuba says:

    I am intrigued by his scared look. He seems really frightened. Maybe it has something to do with the words Pax tibi..? Lions are more often seen as warriors, aren’t they?

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