The River God

This statue in the Vatican Museum shows the River God relaxing by the River Arno. The statue has been repaired over the years but was originally crafted around 150 AD (so it’s pretty old!). How do they know that this statue represents the River Arno and not some other river in Italy? They know it because of the presence of the feline/cat in the pottery – maybe you already spotted that little face poking out – that the river God is holding in his hands. I can’t recall exactly why felines/cats were associated with Florence but they were at some point and thus they deducted the presence of that river in the statue.

River God (Arno) at the Vatican Museum

The River God (Arno) at the Vatican Museum

Just getting back into the swing of things at work after being on vacation (Seattle and Alaska) the past ten days. It’s been a rough week so I’m happy that it is a short one in the states (Labor day) and thankful that it is made even shorter by a pre-arranged client ‘meeting’ tomorrow at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubbies take on the Pirates.


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