This is one of the two statues flanking the back entrance (now the main entrance and ticket booth) to Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. These are two of about 70 left from the original 600 or so that decorated the gardens and grounds of the Baroque “Villa of the Monsters,” built in the 18th century.
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This looks like a happy monster. At least he’ll smile before he eats you! The detail still evident is amazing – after 3 centuries! Lovely.
I’ve been absent a few days. Life just got a bit overwhelming.