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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