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Wemics on a Medieval Parisian Pitcher [3 Jan 17] There are loads of liontaurs to be found on this work of art.

Around 1330 in Paris, an artist created the enameled pitcher below. It is covered in scenes both mundane and fantastic -- and the "fantastic" includes a series of liontaurs. Eventually, it ended up in the National Museum of Denmark. The museum's online collection is wonderful, and features many photos showing the jug's details Here's the whole pitcher:

I don't speak Danish, but Google Translate tells me that this 22.5-cm-high vessel is a wine or water pitcher made in silver gilt and enamel, It was created around 1330 in Paris, and 400 years later was donated to the Royal Chamber of Arts in Copenhagen in 1703. But let's take some closer looks at the wemics ... and wemickish creatures.

Here are two liontaurs on the lid of the pitcher. On the very far left, this "true" liontaur, carrying a lantern, has lion hind-parts and no wings. The one next to him on the near left has a bushy tail and bat-wings, so ... a flying dog-taur? Both of these -- and all the others on the jug, are wearing togas or are otherwise modestly draped -- and so we cannot see their forepaws.

This female liontaur has a bifurcated tail, and you can see a bit of her mane peeking out from under her toga. What the ringing bell indicates, I don't know!

This fellow -- with a lion's tail, mane around his waist, and bat wings (again) -- is wearing a medieval hood called a "strudhætte." The National Museum of Denmark suggests that he may be a beggar.

Other wemickish hybrid creatures can be seen on the pitcher here, here, and here.

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