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Do you know what this symbol is?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Camino Frances topics' started by Anemone del Camino, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. Found on the Camino near Portomarin.

    It has the French FB Forum wondering ....
     

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    HedaP Veteran Member Donating Member Donating Member

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    Was wondering the same. Only saw this symbol the once on a granite bolder beside the path just past Portomarin. It wasn't there in 2015. Took a fairly bad pic in April this year.
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    A lion?
     
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    @Anemone del Camino -

    It does not match any identified/catalogued image in my library from W. Europe. My best guesses:

    - are a stylized griffon/gryphon/gryffin... but it seems to be an image from an age earlier and region different than which I am familiar.

    a. The upper two appendages in the image could be the wings in different aspects of presentation. Either that or one of them is raised in a weaponized foreleg and the wings to the right are both overlapped. (If a dragon, the shortened tail suggests a female representation.)

    b. The two back legs and tail are pretty standard representation for the various spellings of griffon.

    c. The front legs (two appendages below the wings) . One is occluding the image of the other, kinda like the Buffalo nickel in the States in the past. It is not typical for such a symbol as this representation reduces the intended "masculine" power of the image.

    Perhaps there is someone here who has knowledge of such a symbol from Eastern Europe through Mesopotamia?

    - Then, of course, it could be a bored artist coming up with a personal symbol?

    B
     
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  5. @JillGat suggested the Templar Rooster.
     
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    Bradypus Antediluvian Donating Member

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    I think it may be the new name for "the author formerly known as Brierley"
     
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    The guy who normally paints the yellow arrows perhaps went on the sauce :D:D:D:D and was expressing his artistic side.
     
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    I came across it as well , it seemed to have been recently treated to some gold gilt work .
     
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    after struggling with his guide, I agree
     
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    Can't stop smiling at this. Thank you, Bradypus - you nailed it!
     
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    Isn't that what Prince became when he was "...the artist formerly known as Prince"?
     
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    LOL....I thought the same thing......House Lannister, I'd guess!!
     
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    Direc

    No idea
     
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    Going through my photos today and found another symbol. Clearly by the same person. Somewhere between Estella and Navarette. Pretty sure around the 18 km mark before Logrono. Many hundreds of kilometres from Portomarin. Up market grafitti? The design is etched into the stone so someone has out a lot of work into them.
    This time happily a better photo than my last one.
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    Intriguing. I can't tell from the photo how large and heavy the stone is but wondered: if the symbol were ancient/valuable it would have been nicked by now .... I did not notice it but then I miss a lot of stuff along the way.

    Perhaps Dan Brown is planning a new mega bestseller and this already in preparation of a later marketing plan?
     
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    I'd describe both stones as boulders. Not even the most penetant would attempt to carry either to Cruz de Ferro. Symbol is definitely not ancient. I wonder if the stones were put in place after the symbols had been added elsewhere? I wished I'd paid more attention to their surroudings. I'm guessing the aim of the sculptor(?) is to generate just this sort of speculation but whoever did them has put a lot of time and effort into them.
    Was thinking more along the lines of Paulo Coelho than Dan Brown? :p
     
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    Maybe the artist had misgivings and is now on a 'Gilt' trip
     
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    You might not be far from the truth there Katharina During captivity, Israelites would have become familiar with the griffin image. Both Persians and Assyrians decorated with images of this magical beast. Images of two griffins drinking from a flaming cup were common in the Persian religion, Zorastrianism. Later, the Crusaders, coming across this image, would be reminded of the Eucharist and the cup of fire became associated with the Holy Grail.Next best seller waiting to happen???????:eek:
     
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    Angels or birds? Many questions I know cannot be answered here. Need carbon dating and 3D imaging......
     
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    Not the same design but clearly the same style. They remind me of certain types of runes.
     
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    There are similarities with the 3 legged crow, the Japanese symbol of the Kumano Kodo, another Unesco pilgrimage trail, and linked with the Camino.

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    It looks like an ancient weapon to me.
     

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