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Sardinia, Italy ~ Nuoro is the town where the character of Mamuthone reenacts ancient pre-Christian rites of propitiation to the ancient gods of agriculture. The mask is carved in pieces of wild pear wood, alder & walnut & darkened. The mask has become iconic of rural Sardinia.
The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents (1658) A selection of woodcuts from a book entitled The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents, published in 1658. Most of this three-volume compilation is comprised of the zoological works of the English clergyman Edward Topsell who published several books on religion and other matters during his lifetime. - See more at: publicdomainrevie...