Sign for the Black Swan

  • Description

    "A Roman named Juvenal jokingly referred to a 'black swan' as an example of a "rara avis", a 'rare bird'. He would not have known that such birds existed in Australia. Black Swan appeared as a tavern or inn sign in the 16th century, at which time it may have been meant to be a signal what a "rara avis", a remarkable person, the landlord was. Later references may well be a Australia, since a black swan is the emblem of Western Australia. A naval reference is also possible, since HMS Black Swan was active between 1939 and 1956. Sometimes the Black Swan is affectionately known as the 'Mucky Duck'." Photo by Maigheach-gheal, 2011.
  • Owner

  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Peter Smith
    Last modified: 3 years, 8 months ago
    Viewed: 254 times
    Picture Taken: 2011-04-05
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