This is a Very Old Figural Brass Sewing Button of a Centaur (Half Man - Half Horse) figure that is in a Medieval Castle with a long Spear in his hands. He appears to be fighting off Snakes / Serpents with his Spear. Off to the side there is a Maiden's face with long hair looking out of one of the curved windows in the Castle.This is quite an unusual and interesting button Centaur - half man/half horse is from Greek mythology nature entities that roamed the woods and mountains, and were the companions of Pan and Dionysus. Satyr - Mythology. Satyrs are most commonly described as having the upper half of a man and the lower half of a goat or, less commonly, the lower half of a horse. They are also described as possessing a long thick tail, either that of a goat or horse. Centaurs had long life-spans, some living up to two hundred years. They were the only race that could interpret the dance of the Stars. Oaten cakes, apples, herbs, wine, and cheese formed the staple of a Centaur's diet. Centaurs had two stomachs, one of a horse and one of a man. They had to fill both of these stomachs. Centaurs were known for waking up before it becomes light. Myths of Ancient Greece and Rome also tell us about animal men, and Centaurs are the most frequent ones. These are creatures with the human torso transforming into the feet of a horse or some other animal, a bull, a donkey, a sheep and even a goat. The word centaur is a compound of KEN (kenw) meaning "I kill" and TAUROS meaning "bull", and it reveals astronomic knowledge of our ancestors. When the constellation of Sagittarius (Centaurus throwing a spear) appears in the night skies, we can no longer see Taurus, one of the Sun symbols. The ancient legends say that Centaurs came down from the Greek mountains where they failed to keep up friendly relations with the local population. As far as some Centaurs loved drinking wine, they easily flew into a rage and conflicted with people. This is quite an unusual and interesting button for the Button Collector. It measures 5/8" in length.