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gardensandtheantique As you might have guessed, I have a passion for classical sculpture, imagery, and iconography, especially in gardens :-) The garden at Hever Castle never fails to delight. Not least because a lot of the sculpture placed by William Waldorf Astor in the early 1900s is the real thing. Unlike the hundreds of lead copies from the 1700s or Eleanor Coade's marvellous 'stone' reproductions of the early 1800s found in gardens the length and breadth of England. So here we have a boy in a silly hat with an eagle? The eagle, king of the birds, is the symbol of the sky god Zeus. The silly hat is a Phrygian cap used to identify foreigners from the East in Greek art. It's Ganymede, son of Tros, founder of that most famous of Eastern cities, Troy. Said to be the most beautiful of mortals he was abducted by Zeus to become his 'cup-bearer'. And in the process a gay icon since the 18th century #Ganymede #Troy #Zeus #Greek #mythology #cupbearer #gay #icon #iconography #Classical #art #sculpture #Hever #Castle #Kent #KentLife #bird #birdlife #garden #ornament #gardendesign #gardensandtheantique 7h

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Rise The University of Kent
unikentlive #Spring has definitely sprung on our #Canterbury campus #blossom #kentlife 10h

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edmondsononinstagram Lunching with the resident pheasant #garden #spring #kentlife 1d

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louiedabig Found Dickens house! #Broadstairs #Kent #nofilter #kentlife 2d

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Normal Flowers & Sparkle
flowersandsparkle #kentlife #wedding hessian chair decor 2d

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jackyboy94 Pancake day in the cumming house hold. #kentlife #weekend #birthdaymonday #happydays 3d

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