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Everyone knew what the Icthyocentaur was, so I shouldn't even have to say that and Enfield is a heraldic beastie (not usually depicted with wings) who guarded clan cheiftans bodies until they could be buried. mainly associated with certain Irish family crests.

the nice thing with heraldic beasties is you can arbitrarily add wings wings without being "wrong", since heraldry changes all the "rules" as it were. This enfield seemed to require them.
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HopeCvon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
There are actually many depictions of the Enfield. Most depictions show it with the head of a fox, chest of a greyhound, talons of an eagle, body of a lion, and the hind legs and tail of a wolf. However some times it will have a lion's tale rather than a wolf tale but most of the time it's a wolf. I have also seen some depictions of those with wings.

In the Irish and Celtic culture each part of this chimera held its own meaning and symbolic status
The head of the fox for craftiness or cleverness.
The chest of a greyhound for swiftness and endurance.
The body of a lion means royalty and bravery.
The hindquarters of a wolf for fraternity and loyalty - mostly to family.
The forelegs of an eagle's talons suggests strength, nobility and hunting prowess.


I find these fascinating creatures and do which more people knew about them.
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
With or without wings, it's still pretty cool.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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TrottingPeryton Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that looks like it ought to be a great mascot.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
He'd look good on heraldry! 
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zeroknight07 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
badass
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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KCBL Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
I love Enfields. It’s hard to show all that they are mixed with. It’s the head of a fox, the forelegs (+ or - the chest) of an eagle, the back or body of a lion, and the hindquarters of a wolf.
There really isn’t much I can find on them. I cant even find the story for the myth.

If your looking for mythical creatures people don’t draw much then you might try the Halcyon Bird. It dose not have a proper page in wikipedia, just a piece to the myth is found under the genes of kingfisher named after it, so I would look elsewhere.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sometimes the Enfield is supposed to have the body of a greyhound... There are whole societies that argue about the enfield, I guess. But why, I cannot imagine. :)
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KCBL Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
Oh ya it was the chest of a greyhound (forgot that part)!
Hmmm... People argue about everything. I have a black cat, my luck hasn't changed.:)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL!
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TrueBlueJay Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I support the product and/or service of enfields, and thoroughly encourage further exploration via artworks.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
good to know I have yer vote. :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy crap! It's a big, freaking Foxy thing... With WINGS!

THAT'S SO COOL! :omg:

Awesome work, my talented friend. :)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol... somehow the people that are into foxes are always REALLY into foxes. like you are either "oh that's nice" or you are "OMG a FOX!" same for wolves and cats i guess, but it just strikes me with foxes. I guess I am sort of that way with sphinxes but i am super-picky. and there are really not many of those out there.
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well if my screenname wasn't enough of a giveaway, Yeah, I do like me some Foxes. :D
And naturally, that penchant extends to foxy ladies as well. ;)
(sorry, too easy, had to do it. :XD:)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:P
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
... What can i say? It's what i have. :D
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TheGypsyByrd Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow thats awesome. Never heard of them before, very cool. =) I love this collection of mythological stuff your doing ^_^
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks! :)
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