Roman Marine Life

This afternoon I went to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the new Goya Exhibition. It is wonderful and well worth a visit.  I had a few minutes to spare so I wondered over to the Greek and Roman Galleries.  Here are a few marine animals – both real and imagined –

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The Octopus on a Roman coin is a favorite.  There were other marine themed coins too:

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I love this crab – but I am not so sure about the sea serpent!

 

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I am not sure why the there is a small dolphin below the handsome hare on this coin.

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Another sea serpent and  dolphin

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There is some interesting domestic roman sculpture in in the museum and I could not resist including this lobster.

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The beautiful roman third  century AD mosaic ( Turkey) has it all – Apart from the dolphins and their riders there are several different species of fish portrayed.

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