Sunday, June 9, 2013

Decorative relief carved ceramic pair of griffin tiles

 Book matched pair of 4x10 relief carved ceramic griffin tiles guarding the herb garden.
These ones are done in one of my favorite glazes, 'Old copper'.
Depicted as a mix between an eagle and lion, the mythical creature known as a griffin has roots reaching from western Europe to Eastern India and beyond. They are most commonly portrayed as regal and wise beasts commanding respect and spending most of their time seeking out and guarding treasure. In some legends they are known as tricksters, wily masters of riddles and contests of wit.
Because they represent both wisdom and power, griffins became a popular choice as a coat of arms for many families and armies from ancient to medieval times.
 Research suggests that a possible origin for the griffin myth comes from early fossil findings of the 'pentaceratops' dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. These fossils found near gold veins long before people knew of dinosaurs formed the bones of a large, beaked four legged creature...

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