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These are JolieFaire exclusive art tile designs--a Cathedral Niche Gryphon and Cathedral Niche Winged Lion executed in terra cotta kiln-fired earthenware and finished with a warm greenstone art glaze that has the look and feel of old polished stone. The Gryphon tile is approximately 5 3/4", The Winged Lion tile slightly smaller. Both tiles are notched on the back for easy hanging.

During the Middle Ages when most people were illiterate, religious lessons and messages were conveyed in pictures and carvings instead of words. Such cautionary messages were often carved into niches in Europe's great cathedrals. Here, the Gryphon grasps a large key, reminding us that spirituality is the key to Heaven. The Winged Lion holds an hourglass, teaching us that time is fleeting. The fact that both creatures are winged is the indication that their significance is spiritual.

Perhaps of interest to my fellow ceramicists, you can learn step by step how to create unique tiles like these in my new book "Creating Custom Art Tiles: The Moravian Method" now available at Amazon, or for a reduced price here in my Etsy shop.

PAYPAL ONLY, PLEASE. Payment expected within 3 days of purchase. Shipping is $7.50 USPS Priority.

2 Medieval Handcarved Art Tiles - Cathedral Niche Gryphon & Lion


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: earthenware clay, glazes
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