Monday, 5 June 2017

Ichthyocentaurs

In late Greek mythology ichthyocentaurs were a race of centaurine sea-gods with the upper body of a human, the lower front of a horse, the tail of a fish, and lobster-claw horns on their heads. The best-known members of this race were Aphros and Bythos, two half-brothers of the wise centaur Chiron. The sea-centaurs were probably derived from the divine fish of Syrian mythology.

Ichthyocentaurs upper bodies took the form of a human torso down to the hips, and the lower that of a fish, with two horse legs protruding from this intersection.

Bythos and Aphros
Some ichthyocentaurs wore crowns while others were depicted with horns often resembling crustacean claws. These two sea-gods, though little remembered, were set in the sky as the astronomical constellation Pisces.