In decorative arts, the hippocampus is a motif commonly used to represent a mythical creature with the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish or a serpent. It is often depicted as a symbol of strength, speed, and agility, as well as water and the sea.

The hippocampus has been a popular decorative element since ancient times and is commonly found in various forms of decorative and fine art, including architecture, furniture, sculpture, paintings, silverware, and pottery. In Greek mythology, the mythical creature was believed to have pulled the sea god Poseidon’s chariot.

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Hippocampus and a Triton