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Dogs are the magicians of the universe. ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Many Victorians held that there was a "moral superiority" in medieval architecture and the decorative arts. This was largely a Victorian reaction to the industrialization and a nostalgic longing for the pre-industrial and personal England.
These medieval dogs are not so given to over-intellectualizing. Medieval dogs herded, hunted, stood guard in castles, and accompanied the Vikings on their raids. A ninth century prayer invoked, "God, preserve us from the Northmen and their terrible dogs."
The more dogs, the merrier the music they make. ~Edward of Norwich
Christine de Pizan at her writing desk with her dog. Book of Queens, 15th cent.
Medieval dog, attending.
Medieval superdog in striped cape from the Trivulzio Book of Hours, 1400s.
Late 13th century dog alerted to something below. Illuminated Bible (Biblia Porta), French-Flemish.
Detail of dog from the arrival of Isabeau of Bavaria in England-occupied Paris, 1389.
Guard dog: Medieval dog defending his master. 13th-14th cent. France.
Dog standing on the grave of his master's attacker. 13th-14th cent. France.
The lick of a medieval dog was believed to be healing. Here, two dogs licking. One possible wound. 13th-14th cent. France.
Sirius, the dog star, from Card Number 30 of Urania's Mirror, or A View of the Heavens, publshed 1824. Not medieval but not to be passed up.
Tudor bestiary dogs, 1520.
Medieval dog in a pink snail shell.
Winged dog angel. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305
Angry rabbit pulling a blue dog. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305
Dog singing from a hymnal. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305
Dog taking divine dictation. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305
Dogs meeting from Romance of Alexander the Great, 1338-1344.
Medieval rabbit smiting a dog with a stick. Barcelona Haggadah for Passover. Sephedic rite.
Medieval dog barking as master is attacked. 13th-14th cent. France.
Medieval dog grieving by dead master's body. 13th-14th cent. France.
Medieval fingerpointing as dog identifies master's killer. 13th-14th cent. France.
Hunting expedition from the Bayeux tapestry, 1070, England.
Aesop's Fables, the Dog and his Reflection, Kalila and Dimna.
Medieval rabbit riding a dog with a snail falcon: Pontifical of Guillaume Durand, Avignon, before 1390
Medieval herbal: Crowsfoot was used as a remedy for nosebleeds and dog bites.
Badger dog from medieval herbal, Bodleian.
Medieval dog attacked by bees.
Medieval sheep dog with ramlike ears.
Grumpy Flanders marginalia dog.
Remorseless hunting dog and pleading bear, Tudor bestiary, 1520.
King Garamentes Rescued by His Dogs, France. MS Douce 151, Bodleian library.
King Garamentes Returns to Castle with His Dogs. MS Douce 151, Bodleian library.
We don't need no stinkin' leashes. Stuttgart Playing Card: Dog with Leg, 1430.
Medieval date night from the Bestiary of Lovers: Two lovers watching a dog vomit. MS Douce 308.
The Golden Hound of Zeus.
Tudor bestiary dog, chatting up a bird, 1520.
Dog and rabbit playing an organ, Luttrell Psalter
Dog and rabbit playing an organ, Gorleston Psalter, 1310-1314
The Artes Quadriviales illustrated as a dog. The four arts are: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Dog treating a cat for melancholia, probably with milk thistle.
Dachsund from the Book of Hours of Joanna the Mad, Queen of Castile from 1504, and of Aragon from 1516, wife of Philip the Handsome.
Medieval dog with long neck and winsome smile.
Dog from the bestiary of Anne Walshe. Anne's is a young dog bound to a patient in order to cure internal wounds.
Ulisse Aldrovandi, Spaniel
Medieval dog catching a deer. From a German Haggadah, 1460.
Dog wearing a suit of armor, early renaissance.
Chronicles of Froissart, dog with book.
Dancing Grayhounds from Coat of Arms of Henry VII.
Star map of Canis Major.
Spanish Alaunts, brought to Gaul in the 4th century, were the preferred medieval hunting dog.
Dog playing a cat bagpipe, from the Funeral of Renard the Fox, c1300.
Good dog, 12th century.
Bored dog from a coat of arms
Initial A from the Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male, Bruges, 1542.
Medieval dog doing what dogs do.
Sad green hunting dog and a dog and his bone. French book of Hours, c. 1350.
The dog star Sirius, from The Araeta, France.
Dogs. Eating things they shouldn't since 1200 A.D.
Three brackers, c. 1400.
Medieval dog-headed hunter with rabbit.
Medieval rabbit with a basket of puppies
Well-fed Wolf-dog on tiptoes.
Blue dog from the Mastricht book of hours.
Medieval dog begging.
Pair of hunting dogs, from the Luttrell Psalter.
Marginalia dog holding a satchel.
A lady. Detail from Flemish Book of Hours: St. George and the Dragon. Medieval ladies were quite delicate. c. 1450-1455.
Dog beating a drum, Morgan library
African rainbow dog, with cloven hooves.
Medieval dog from an encaustic tile, Persian, 1115.
Dog, Cosmologie Universelle, 1555.
Medieval dog lecturing to fowl.
Dancing with dogs.
Medieval hunting dogs: Coupled rachers (mixed breed dogs).
Italian pit dog, Canis Angelicus Albus
Family jewels stolen. Dogs on duty. Alarm sounded.
Three medieval street dogs.
Dogs and hybrid hunter from Le Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, Flemish, 1464.
Dog attacking a deer, Gorleston psalter, 1310.
Rutland psalter dog, spreading the word.
Medieval dog playing ball.
Medieval dog bishop with orange mitre cap.
Nothing is more busy and wittier than a hound. ~Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum, 13th century
Title: Medieval Dogs
Tile: Tumbled Marble Stone
Size: 6 inch square tiles (15.4 cm)
Thickness: 3/8 inch (1 cm)
Weight: 22 ounces (.62 kg) each tile
*Also available in 4 inch tiles
Per Medieval Pet:
4-inch medieval dog: $68
6-inch medieval dog: $77
Prices do not include shipping costs.
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