Bernini's Obelisk In Piazza della Minerva. Egyptian Obelisk with elephant plinth, Rome, Italy

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Bernini's Obelisk In Piazza della Minerva. Egyptian Obelisk with elephant plinth, Rome, Italy
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The 1667 elephant by Bernini is the base for the small obelisk atop it. This obelisk was excavated in the cloister and came from the Iseum. The elephant was known as "il pulcin della Minerva", or "porcino", from the Roman people's story that - uninspired by elephants - Bernini in fact sculpted a pig.
Location: Piazza della Minerva, Rome, Italy

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