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Zoomorphic decoration from the Book of Kells

Zoomorphism is the shaping of something in animal form or terms. Examples include:

The word derives from the Greek ζωον (zōon), meaning animal, and μορφη (morphē), meaning shape or form.


  • Fenrisulfr, a wolf in Norse
  • Airavata, the king god of elephants in Indian mythology.
  • Clawfoot bathtub, with feet in the shape of a lion's paws.
  • The common representation of the Holy Spirit as a dove in Christianity.
  • Mark as a lion in Christianity.
  • A literary phrase such as "The roar of the ocean".
  • The ancient Egyptians gods were based on animals.
  • The sphinx from the "Oedipus the King" written by Sophocles
  • Equestropomorphism, animating objects that take the actions of a horse. For instance, in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, the army that fights the Nazis is composed of anthropomorphized knightly body armor and equestropomorphized horse armor.


  1. ^ Hope B. Werness, The Continuum Encyclopedia of Animal Symbolism in Art, Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, px. ISBN 0826415253
  2. ^ Simson R Najovits, Egypt, Trunk of the Tree: A Modern Survey of an Ancient Land, Algora Publishing, 2004, p279. ISBN 0875862012
  3. ^ Gerina Dunwich, Wicca A to Z: A Modern Witch's Encyclopedia, Kensington Pub Corp, 1998, p155. ISBN 0806519304


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