Zoophorus

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A Zoophorus in Medieval architecture is a sculptured frieze between the architrave and cornice with a continuous bas-relief of animals, fabulous beasts, creatures from Hell, sea monsters, centaurs, mermaids, unicorns and Zodiac signs.

Example[edit]

An example can be found in the Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Parma, Italy.

Term[edit]

The term comes from the Greek, meaning "bearing an animal". Hence a zoophoric column is a pillar supporting the figure of an animal.