Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Owl and the Monkey...

Wisdom of the West meets Wisdom of the East? : Freiburg, DE

On the front of the Markthalle in Freiburg is a sandstone bas relief of an owl and a monkey. I kept thinking there was a poem called "The Owl and the Monkey," but, in fact, it's "The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear. In western culture, the owl symbolizes wisdom, while in eastern culture, the monkey symbolizes the same. Why they're both on the Markthalle is a mystery...

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 8/20

2 comments:

Naturedigital said...

Great shot janet.
Costas

C. L. Hanson said...

Cute, it looks like the monkey is grooming the owl.