Piazza della Minerva, just south of the Pantheon, is home to one of Rome‘s most bizarre and/or curious sculptures: Elefantino.

This sculpture made me laugh, when I stumbled my way into Piazza Minerva, lost after leaving the Pantheon.

My trusty Lonely Planet city guide informs us that the obelisk on the elephant’s back is 6th-century Egyptian.

Apparently it was unveiled in 1667 and designed to glorify the papacy of Pope Alexander VII.

The elephant, symbolising strength and wisdom, was sculpted from white marble by Ercole Ferrata to a design by Bernini.

The obelisk came from a cloister of the Chiesa di Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.

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