The staff of Poseidon (in Greece); the staff of
the Roman Empire). Also called trident.
Poseidon was the younger brother of
Zeus (see , in Group 17) and
master of the seas, rivers, and
earthquakes in Greek mythology.
In the Euphrates-Tigris region and along the eastern Mediterranean coast the trident has since time immemorial been a symbol of thunder and lightning. In Christian art the trident is an attribute of lesser devils and the Evil One, the staff of the Devil. Also drawn and .
See in Group 11 and in Group 39.