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Medieval Hares and the Language of Flowers

Hares and Harebell tiles.

What do hares and harebells mean? They are both tied the moon. Both hares and harebells have their roots in a rich symbolism in mythology and folklore. These tiles bring together the rich mythology of hares and the Victorian fascination with botanicals and floriography (the language of flowers), a means of communication through the way flowers are used and by decrypting their meaning. Coded messages were sent with flowers, expressing feelings that could not be spoken in Victorian society. Hare tiles are based on hares by Albrecht Durer and and Hans Hoffman (who based his hare on Durer's hare) and a late nineteenth century French print.

Hares and Harebell tiles

Bestiary

Bestiary Dragons

Bestiary Dragons
Bestiary Dragons
More than 60 bestiary dragons spanning more than 3000 years and six continents.

Medieval Dragons

Ancient and World Dragons

Post-medieval, Victorian, and Folklore Dragons

Bestiary Cats and Dogs

Medieval Cats. From left: 13th century bestiary cats with bird cage, Medieval cat and monk walking and praying, Cat defending fortress from a siege of mice. Medieval Cats - Medieval cats on four- and six-inch tumbled marble. From left: 13th century bestiary cats with bird cage, Medieval cat and monk walking and praying, Cat defending fortress from a siege of mice. See all the cats and their descriptions.

Medieval Dogs. From left: Dog playing a cat bagpipe from <em>The Funeral of Renard the Fox</em>, c.1300; dog in a suit of armor, early renaissance; sad green hunting hound, dog from the coat of arms of Henry VII. Medieval Dogs - Medieval dogs on four- and six-inch tumbled marble. From left: Dog playing a cat bagpipe from The Funeral of Renard the Fox c.1300, dog in a suit of armor early renaissance, sad green hunting hound.
See all the dogs and their descriptions.

Medieval Maps

Carta Marina of Olaus Magnus

Carta Marina, large
Carta Marina Sea Monster Map
. The Carta Marina Sea Monster map of Scandinavia is available in widths of 24 and 48 inches. In addition, there are 29 accent tiles, that focus on particular monsters or scenes, such as the Kraken, a tree that grows ducks, the maelstrom, and philsters. Meet the monsters and learn about the map.

Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros Star Map
Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros is Greek for unicorn, but the Monoceros constellation was unknown to the ancient Greeks. There are no unicorns in Greek mythology, but they do appear in texts of natural history as being native creatures to India. The Monoceros constellation was identified in the 1612 by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. This mural is based on the map in Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed.

Unicorns appear in the predecessor of the medieval bestiary, the Physiologus, a second century Christian text written in Greek.

Unicorn Tapestries

Unicorn tapestries Unicorn Tapestries
Lady and the Unicorn, Hunt for the Unicorn tiles: Hunt for the Unicorn and Lady and the Unicorn tile sets.
Top row: Lady and the unicorn, hearing, touch, sight, smell, only desire.

Bottom row: Hunt for the Unicorn, captive unicorn, unicorn at the fountain, start of the hunt, unicorn defends itself, tapestry background.
Unicorn tapestry tiles

Monsters

Garden of Earthly Delights Garden of Earthly Delights
Full triptych Murals and individual accent tiles from Hieronymous Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights
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