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THE HARPY: A rapacious monster described as having a woman’s head and a bird’s wings and claws. Word origin from Greek harpuiai meaning ‘snatchers.’ Even in modern usage, a harpy is defined as “a grasping, unpleasant woman.” Are they inherently unpleasant, or unpleasant because they grasp?
From Dante’s Inferno, in the harpy-infested 7th circle of Hell:
Here the repellent harpies make their nests,
Who drove the Trojans from the Strophades
With dire announcements of the coming woe.
They have broad wings, with razor sharp talons and a human neck and face,
Clawed feet and swollen, feathered bellies; they caw
Their lamentations in the eerie trees.
- 1.15" tall with one post for a snug fit
- Finished in black nickel
- Comes with a backer card and rubber clutch