The angel and the elephant

The angel and the elephant, Courtyard of the Procuratie Nuove, Venice
Angel and Elephant, a courtyard of the Procuratie Vecchie
This morning, as I walking across St Mark's Square, I noticed an opening in the Procuratie Nove, a little to the west of Caffe Florian. It led to a courtyard and I couldn't resist having a peep. There I discovered a large, weather-worn statue of an angel and an elephant. 

What an angel is doing with an elephant, why the latter seems to have the feet of a lion and what they are both doing hiding behind the Procuratie Nuove I will now have to find out.  

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