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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.

Hattstein_01

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.

Hattstein_02

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

 

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