The Lion’s Mouth

I was delighted to discover this interesting ancestor of a “complaint box” when I was in Venice: the bocca di leone (lions’ mouth), which are in various parts of town. People could secretly denounce their neighbors concerning crimes or other threats using these drop-boxes.

This one was for denunciations against public health threats in the Dorsoduro neighborhood. In a time before vaccines and the other advanced medicinal remedies that we take for granted today, such threats were surely of greater concern and urgency.

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2 Responses to The Lion’s Mouth

  1. Bee says:

    I think I remember hearing a kind of legend connected with these, that if your complaint is a lie, the lion will bite your hand off as you put the note inside. 🙂

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