Made from reconstituted stone, this early 20th century French mascaron can be used in a variety of ways.
A mascaron is an architectural ornament depicting a face, usually with a frightening or chimeric visage. Mascarons were placed on the outside walls of architectural structures with the intent of scaring the evil spirits away before they could enter the building. They are similar in function to gargoyles, although both are used mainly as decorative elements in modern times.
Our female mascaron has wavy, thick with a tall fluted tiara on top. She also has a wry smile to her face. The mascaron has been cast with the mouth open, meaning this mascaron could be utilized as a fountain element.
Reconstituted stone is a mixture of crushed stones and a resin. Various additives can be included to increase the strength, quality and lifespan of the reconstituted stone. It has been used as casting material for outdoor pieces for centuries, but it became quite popular in the 19th century.
This French mascaron from the early 1900’s can be used as decorative art, a fountain element, or as originally intended on the side of a building.
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