Flying Monkey Gargoyle Lamps

Recently I wrote about how it’s possible to miss details that are regularly right in front of your face here in Rome. Well, I came across another such case not long ago.

Bring me that girl and her dog!

This is now the second building that I have found with these lamps by the main door that look something like a gargoyle modeled after the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz. The building in the photograph is across from the Church of the Gesù – a place I visit frequently – whereas the other building that has these is around the corner from where I live. Perhaps the same family owned or built both palazzi. And there is probably some interesting meaning behind these gargoyles, i.e. they didn’t just think it’d be cool to have flying monkeys greet their visitors.

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