hi Michael, nice to meet you
Dies, nox, et omnia
mihi sunt contraria;
Normally we've sun and moon, telling the same story.
The Saint Sigismondo picture of Malatesta has a black and a white dog, I remember.
The Greek had Selene and Helios (Moon and Sun) and Eos as a figure for morning and evening involved in various love stories, also with mortal humans.
Cephalos, which means "head", belonged to her lovers. He was a hunter and had a magical dog, which could get every animal. The dog met a fox, which couldn't get caught. This was a paradox and it could only be solved by placing both in the stars (or at the heaven? ... naturally day can't capture night ... when night comes, day is gone). So far I remember from Ranke-Graves.
Wiki don't know the story. Well, I still have the book of Ranke-Gaves. Lailaps was the name of the dog, the fox was the "theumessische Füchsin". Ranke Graves gives Pausanias I, 37, 6 and IX, 19, 1.
Wiki has another source, Apollodoros.
Ranke-Graves adds in the point 7, that the fox had been an emblem of Messene, and that the Aioler probably worshipped the moon goddess as a fox. The Aioler made attacks on Kadmeia to rob children to sacrifice them. This was stopped by the Achaier, who worshipped Zeus (who made Lailaps and the fox to stones).
... :-) ... maybe the truth was, that somebody attempted to build a chicken farm, but this didn't work well, cause there were too much foxes in the region. So they went out hunting the foxes, but somebody else, who had decided, that foxes were holy animals, didn't like that.
Anyway. Is this perhaps a mutated fox and a dog? ...
I remember, that the Cephalus story was a topic in Ferrara in late 15th century ...
https://books.google.de/books?id=GdB3LN ... us&f=false
... as "Favola di Cefalo etc", which for the Tarot motif development is a plausible time and a rather good location.
https://books.google.de/books?id=c7jPAA ... io&f=false
Shown January 1486 (= 1487), written by Niccolo d Correggio (son of Beatrice d'Este, who was present at 1441-01-01, when Bianca Maria Visconti got 14 pictures, which possibly were early Trionfi cards).
Well, this was the wedding scene (January 1487) of Lucrezia d'Este with a Bentivoglio son, for which Matteo Maria Boiardo possibly made his poem in Tarot structure about the 4 passions.
Interestingly, the earliest Tarot Moon in the style with cancer and 2 towers doesn't have dogs (or dog and fox; the Cary sheet).
http://newsletter.tarotstudies.org/2004 ... ary-sheet/
http://pre-gebelin.blogspot.de/2013/02/ ... nkind.html
You've a very nice picture collection there ... inclusive a series of Fortuna allegories. I didn't note this article before.
Yes, I see, you had the picture of the master of the bandelore before.