Münsterbauhütte, Freiburg

Gargoyle: Hunter with monkey, Anfang 16. Jh.

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The sandstone figure originally adorned one of the buttresses of the Minster choir. In contrast to other types of gargoyle, the hunter does not channel the water through his mouth, but through a kind of pitcher. The significance of the monkey - modelling a lump of clay or wax, other than symbolising an instinct to imitate - is unclear in this context.

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