Monsters were once perceived as prodigies; warnings from God that could foretell ominous occurrences or good fortune.
This handcrafted porcelain ornament depicts the Monster of Ravenna, a famous prodigy from the 16th Century in Florence. A description has been included below.
Ornament measures 6" long by 4" wide.
Made by Miss Millie Ceramics.
"We had heard that a monster had been born at Ravenna, of which a drawing was sent here; it had a horn on its head, straight up like a sword, and instead of arms it had two wings like a bat's, and te height of its breasts it had a fio [a Y-shaped mark] on one side and a cross on the other, and lower down at the waist, two serpents, and it was a hermaphrodite, and on the right knee it had an eye, and its left foot was like an eagle..."
The Diary of Lucca Landucci, Apothecary
March 1512, Florence