Wednesday, 27 May 2009

What animal?


This rather nice sign tops the market hall in Dol de Bretagne, Brittany - but what are the supporting animals? My best guess is greyhounds with rabbit ears...

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7 comments:

ChrisP said...

A talbot, perhaps? William the Bastard brought them over with him, and Normandy and Brittany were linked by marriage later.

CarolineLD said...

I think you're right - this talbot picture looks quite similar, especially around the ears. Thank you!

Adam said...

It's not at all the 'heraldique' of the town either, so I wonder what it represents...

Deptford Dame said...

I think they are greyhounds wearing rather fetching caps. Not flat ones though, that would make them whippets!

CarolineLD said...

Like the greyhounds in caps idea!

Given the lack of obvious connection between the town and the 'heraldry', perhaps this came off-the-peg from one of those nineteenth-century catalogues?

Bill Ellson said...

I almost agree with the Dame but I would describe them as berets.

CarolineLD said...

Of course - what else would a French greyhound wear!

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