A wonderful depiction of a Gargoyle or grotesque with nice detail around claws and face. Suitably scary to ward off evil spirits!
It's generally believed that Gargoyles originated sometime in the 13th Century. They served two purposes - to scare off evil, and to divert rainwater. Their open mouths functioned as downspouts to divert rainwater from building walls. As a result, many of the early Gargoyles also had rather long necks. The word "Gargoyle" originates from the old French word "Gargouille" meaning "Throat" but which also fairly well describes the gurgling sound of water coming through the downspout!
Imported from England.
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