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The surround of the living-room window duplicates the shape of the porch, most probably under the influence of urban or state classic architecture. The eight convoluted columns are topped with Corinthian capitals and the gable is framed with dentils. The "entablature" and "podium" of this classic porch are adorned with fairy-tale animals which were once believed by the people to be oberegi (guardian spirits). Beregini and lions with curly manes look supperciliously at you from the porch; the lions' jauntily curved tails have leaves instead of tufts of hair at the end. The erstwhile importance of the heathen idols had been forgotten by that time.

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