Bernini’s Little Elephant

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Inscriptions on the base of the sculpture (side from the church) You, whoever you are, who see that the figures of wise Egypt sculpted on the obelisk are being carried by an elephant, the strongest of beasts, understand that it is proof of a strong mind to sustain solid wisdom and (side towards the church) Alexander VII, in the year of Salvation 1667, dedicated to the divine wisdom this ancient obelisk, a monument to Egyptian Athena, unearthed from the ground and set up in the square once Minerva’s, now belonging to the Mother of God.

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