This pair of gargoyle statues was hand carved in limestone in Italy during the early 2000’s. Gargoyles were typically used as rain spouts on the roofs of buildings, specifically in Gothic architecture, which was the style of the late Medieval period.
When a gargoyle functions strictly as an ornamental, the proper term is “grotesque”, which is a mythical creature used as a decorative element. Our statues are griffins, which were viewed as powerful and majestic creatures during Medieval times. Griffins typically have the body and legs of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle.
The mason utilized artistic license while carving the griffins, giving them slightly more feline-like faces. Highly stylized manes and facial features, such as the ears and snout, are reminiscent of a lion. The wings are tucked against the body and have great detailing, as several layers of feathers can be seen. The paws have also been ornately carved, as seen by the bone structure of the toes and the fur on the back of the legs. Each griffin sits on thick square plinths.
These statues are unique and would be a wonderful addition near a pool, at the entry of a driveway, or front steps.
CONDITION: Excellent condition with only very minor rubs to stone.