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The half-wooled sow –

The half-wooled sow is a legendary animal, symbol of the city until the 11th century. According to the legend, the Celt Belloveso, founder of Milan, passed through the Alps and the Edui's lands in order to arrive to the Po Valley. He dreamed that the Goddess Belisama guided him to a place where there was a pig with long hair in the front half of the body (the half-wooled sow). For reason, at Piazza Mercanti you can see a low relief of the animal on a capital of Palazzo della Ragione. The same animal is depicted in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino.

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