This is a piece of a large piece of stonework inset into the floor of the Duomo in Siena. Unfortunately, the whole piece is enclosed by ropes, so it's difficult to get a decent shot of the entire thing. The wolf in the center, symbolizing the founding of Siena by a son of Remus (one of the founders of Rome), is surrounded by twelve - eight in the circle and four in the corners of the surrounding square - federated states from the 1300s.
The entire floor of the cathedral is covered in exquisite stonework and mosaics. It's really pretty stunning. This particular decoration is at the back of the nave, near the main entrance, and is certainly one of the highlights.
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Noel_Byrne (31136) 2013-04-09 2:34
That is a fine piece of craftmanship, and one of huge historical importance too. I didnt know that Siena was founded by a son of Remus, so nice new piece of new knowledge for me today. You got a great POV on this and have great symettry.
All the best