The monsters featured on these candles were once perceived as prodigies; warnings from God that could foretell ominous occurrences or good fortune.
In a similar fashion, Tarot cards have been historically used as a means of divining the future and the meaning behind it.
These candles are designed in a tarot-card style as a reminder of the prevalence the supernatural once had in attempting to understand medical abnormalities.
Each monster is pictured with the year its birth was recorded. A description of the Monk Calf is below.
Candles are unscented, made with vegetable & paraffin wax, and measure 6" in height.
"This monster was found in the Tiber River in Rome, 1494. It had a human body, and the head of an ass. One of its hands was human, the other like and elephant's foot. One foot looked like an eagle's claw, the other like a cow's hoof. Its whole body was brilliantly decorated with scales, except for the stomach and chest, which had a woman's breasts. Its rear-end was a bearded old man's head, and its tail a dragon spitting fire."