A wooden box featuring the carving of a Pictish knotwork hippocampus--a half horse and half fish creature of Greek and Roman mythology.

Carved Hippocampus Box

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From Greece and Rome to the Pictish tribes, this half-horse, half-fish animal is a beautifully carved practical art piece. At first glance, the box appears to be a knotwork horse, but on further investigation we were delighted to find a fish tail in amidst the knotwork!

The hippocampus of Greek and Roman legend pulled the chariot of Poseidon, and Etruscan hippocampi were a theme in tomb paintings. The Pictish version is found on carvings, and may be a carryover of the Romans who invaded.

This box is 4x6" and made of carved wood with no latch.