Wow! Take a look at this guy! I don’t think I’ve been as excited about an auction find as I have been with this one. Look at the detail!
Gargoyles were traditionally thought to fight off evil, and to protect your house and garden; they would stand guard to ward off unwanted spirits and other creatures.
So, were they considered good? Or evil? According to one source in a Google search, because they were thought to ward off evil, “they served as almost an ‘evil eye’ – they were evil-looking creatures that were designed to keep evil at bay”.
I have no idea how old he is, but he is definitely old… not only is he MUCH heavier at 14+ pounds than the usual new stuff, but take a look at the red paint – and it’s still in pretty good shape!
A search of the internet only found one other like this guy, which was sold back in 2008. The seller of that gargoyle thought maybe he represented a Foo Dog, and he was definitely correct in that assessment, although it appears (from the single photo) that his piece had lost all of its paint, probably from being outside in the elements for so long.
Foo dogs usually come in pairs – a male and a female. The male has a ball under its paw, while the female typically has a puppy. This would be a male… unfortunately, the female is among the missing. And the one that sold 12 years ago was also a male. So there are two female Foo Dogs (actually, they’re lions, not dogs) out there somewhere. I hope they haven’t been lost or destroyed, because I’d love to find this guy’s mate.
In any event, he is just wonderful, and right now is guarding the entrance to my office until he finds a new home and family to take care of.
Note: Items in our Wild Heart Gallery will soon also be published on their own website, Wild Heart dot Gallery.
Dimensions: He is 10.5″H x 8″D x 5″W, and weighs just over 14 pounds.
Condition: Given his apparent age and time spent in the weather guarding the farmhouse he was found in, he is in absolutely great condition.
Price: $90.00, plus 5.5% Maine State Sales Tax of $4.95 for a total of $94.95.
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