Triton with Shell

Carl Milles
1918, Bronze on Granite Base

In Greek mythology, Triton was the son of Poseidon, god of the sea. He had the form of a human torso combined with a dolphin tail, much like a mermaid or merman. Like his father, Triton carried a triton, or three-pronged spear. He also carried a conch shell that functioned as a trumpet that could calm or stir up ocean waves.