Oxford University Grotesque with Tongue Out - Medium Wall Hanging or Paperweight
4.5" x 4.5" in Parisian Stone Finish
Green Earth Art Company
Grotesques are often confused with gargoyles, but the distinction is that gargoyles are figures that contain a water spout through the mouth, while grotesques do not. This type of sculpture is also called a chimera. Used correctly, the term gargoyle refers to mostly eerie figures carved specifically as terminations to spouts which convey water away from the sides of buildings. In the Middle Ages, the term babewyn was used to refer to both gargoyles and grotesques. This word is derived from the Italian word babuino, which means "baboon.”*
As many know, the additional purpose of the babewyn is to dispel evil and protect the building and its inhabitants. Some believe the “Hellish” figures were chosen by the Christian churches to appeal to the Pagan members of its community, and others believe the figures represent the Hell that exists outside the safety of churches and cathedrals. Either way, the figures provide safety and protection.
At Green Earth Art Company, we hand make our own molds, then hand cast and carefully color and finish each piece. We do our work with love and intention, so your grotesque is imbued with strong protective energy. Your new friend comes to you as a lifetime caretaker. May the two of you find peace and safety together in your home, garden, office, altar, sacred space or sanctuary!
Other unique Green Earth Art pieces can be found at Hex and Omen stores in Salem and New Orleans, or at our online shop. Please pay us all a visit and enjoy… We love our work, and we hope you do too.
*Sourced from crystalinks.com