Faux Antique Graystone 6.5 Inch Winged Cat Gargoyle Statue
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The history of gargoyles goes back to the medieval era, when they became part of gothic architecture in the early 13th century. The origins of the word 'gargoyle' are derived from the old French word 'gargouille' meaning throat. They were used primarily as a means to channel water off the roofs of castles and chateaux, but as in many of the schools of architecture, they became stylized symbols of much more.
Drawing upon the superstitions and fears of the unknown, they became a part of folklore as a mythical beast who acted as a guardian to ward off evil and keep the castleholder's property safe from the ravages of the likes of the dreaded dragons and the witches who were perceived as able to cast evil spells upon those with whom they disagreed.
Today, they are seen as a curious holdover and have a reputation as both a fearsome figure cast in stone as well as a colorful and often whimsical functionality, serving their original intent, which was to channel water away from the building's foundation so as to keep the foundation intact and the inside living space from becoming moist or clammy.
This particular gargoyle statue is a curious blend of the modern age and it's ancient past. Cats were often worshipped and considered the embodiment of the gods in ancient Egypt (and they haven't forgotten it to this day!), but were rarely ever cast into a gargoyle role.
This small sculpt brings a fusion of cultures into being as it displays a modern cat with gargoyle wings - certain to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who sees it.
It's a "must-have" for the cat and/or gothic enthusiast!
- Durable Polyresin Construction
- FInished in an Antique Faux Stone Gray Color
- Meticulously Detailed
- 8"L x 4"W x 6.5"H
- Approx. 4.5 llbs.
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