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Gargoyles were carved or molded decorative figures, often in the form of animal heads or mythological creatures such as lions, griffins, or sirens. They were used to decorate public buildings, private houses, fountains and monuments.
In general, the presence of masks on rings in ancient Rome had mainly a decorative and symbolic function, rather than a protective one against evil spirits.
On the blog I dedicated an article to the Mascheroni
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