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Sometimes snail findings are peculiar, especially if not in a museum but in a public area. This is the case in the German town Limburg an der Lahn (Hessen), where the “Hattstein Brunnen” [fountain] has a central place. It was erected to honour the robber baron Friedrich von Hattstein, who became town captain in 1353 [1]. The contextual picture is from [2]; see also [3] for more historical information on this town.


The statue is made of red sandstone by the local sculptur Karl W. Winter in 1985 as marked “K 1985 WW”. On the left back-side of the statue a snail is crawling. The dextral specimen has a thickened apertural lip, hinting it was model after a Helix species, with three of the tentacles shown.



[1] http://bit.ly/1DZm5jn.
[2] http://wikimapia.org/25827429/de/Hattstein-Brunnen#/photo/2835534.
[3] http://www.limburg.de/Tourismus/Geschichte-erleben.