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Bestiary Tiles: Medieval Dogs

Dogs are the magicians of the universe. ~Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Medieval Dogs, dog tiles. WilliamMorrisTile.com

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."

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Medieval Dogs

The more dogs, the merrier the music they make. ~Edward of Norwich

Christine de Pizan at her writing desk with her dog.

Christine de Pizan at her writing desk with her dog. Book of Queens, 15th cent.

Medieval dog, attending.

Medieval dog, attending.

Medieval superdog in striped cape from the Trivulzio Book of Hours, 1400s.

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.

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.

Detail of dog from the arrival of Isabeau of Bavaria in England-occupied Paris, 1389.

Dog guarding master.

Guard dog: Medieval dog defending his master. 13th-14th cent. France.

Dog standing on the grave of master's attacker.

Dog standing on the grave of his master's attacker. 13th-14th cent. France.

Two dogs licking.

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.

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.

Tudor bestiary dogs, 1520.

Medieval dog in a pink snail shell.

Medieval dog in a pink snail shell.

Winged dog angel. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305

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

Angry rabbit pulling a blue dog. Summer volume of the Breviary of Renaud/Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca. 1302-1305

Dogs singing from a hymnal. 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

Dogs singing and taking divine dictation. 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.

Dogs meeting from Romance of Alexander the Great, 1338-1344.

Medieval rabbit smiting a dog with a stick. Barcelona Haggadah.

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 barking as master is attacked. 13th-14th cent. France.

Medieval dog grieving by dead master's body

Medieval dog grieving by dead master's body. 13th-14th cent. France.

Medieval dog identifies master killer.

Medieval fingerpointing as dog identifies master's killer. 13th-14th cent. France.

Three Bayeux tapestry dogs, hunting.

Hunting expedition from the Bayeux tapestry, 1070, England.

Aesop's Fables, the Dog and his Reflection, Kalila and Dimna.

Aesop's Fables, the Dog and his Reflection, Kalila and Dimna.

Medieval rabbit riding a dog with a snail falcon.

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.

Medieval herbal: Crowsfoot was used as a remedy for nosebleeds and dog bites.

Badger Dog

Badger dog from medieval herbal, Bodleian.

Medieval dog attacked by bees.

Medieval dog attacked by bees.

Medieval sheep dog with ramlike ears.

Medieval sheep dog with ramlike ears.

Grumpy Flanders marginalia dog.

Grumpy Flanders marginalia dog.

Remorseless hunting dog, Tudor bestiary, 1520.

Remorseless hunting dog and pleading bear, Tudor bestiary, 1520.

King Garamentes Rescued by His Dogs, MS Douce 151.

King Garamentes Rescued by His Dogs, France. MS Douce 151, Bodleian library.

King Garamentes Returns to his Castle with his Dogs, MS Douce 151.

King Garamentes Returns to Castle with His Dogs. MS Douce 151, Bodleian library.

Stuttgart Playing Card: Dog with Leg, 1430.

We don't need no stinkin' leashes. Stuttgart Playing Card: Dog with Leg, 1430.

Bestiary of Lovers. Two lovers watching a dog barfing. MS Douce 308.

Medieval date night from the Bestiary of Lovers: Two lovers watching a dog vomit. MS Douce 308.

The golden-hound of Zeus.

The Golden Hound of Zeus.

Tudor bestiary dog, chatting up a bird, 1520.

Tudor bestiary dog, chatting up a bird, 1520.

Dog and rabbit playing an organ, Luttrell Psalter

Dog and rabbit playing an organ, Luttrell Psalter

Dog and rabbit playing an organ, Gorleston Psalter, 1310-1314

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.

The Artes Quadriviales illustrated as a dog. The four arts are: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.

Medieval dog treating a cat for melancholia, probably with milk thistle.

Dog treating a cat for melancholia, probably with milk thistle.

Dachsund from the Book of Hours of Joanna the Mad.

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.

Medieval dog with long neck and winsome smile.

Dogs are healers: A dog cures its own wounds by licking them. Anne Walshe's dog is young dog bound to a patient in order to cure internal wounds.

Dog from the bestiary of Anne Walshe. Anne's is a young dog bound to a patient in order to cure internal wounds.

Ulisse Androvandi, Spaniel.

Ulisse Aldrovandi, Spaniel

Medieval dog catching a deer. German Haggadah, 1460.

Medieval dog catching a deer. From a German Haggadah, 1460.

Early Renaissance dog in a suit of armor.

Dog wearing a suit of armor, early renaissance.

Chronicles of Froissart, dog with book.

Chronicles of Froissart, dog with book.

Dancing grahounds from Coat of Arms of Henry VII.

Dancing Grayhounds from Coat of Arms of Henry VII.

Star map of Canis Major.

Star map of Canis Major.

Spanish Alaunt. Preferred medieval hunting dog.

Spanish Alaunts, brought to Gaul in the 4th century, were the preferred medieval hunting dog.

Canis Minor

Canis Minor

Dog playing a cat bagpipe from the Funeral of Renard the Fox, c1300.

Dog playing a cat bagpipe, from the Funeral of Renard the Fox, c1300.

Good dog, 12th century.

Good dog, 12th century.

Bored dog from a coat of arms.

Bored dog from a coat of arms

Initial A from the Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male, Bruges, 1542.

Initial A from the Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male, Bruges, 1542.

Medieval dog doing what dogs do.

Medieval dog doing what dogs do.

Sad green hunting dog and dog guarding bone from French Book of urs c. 1350.

Sad green hunting dog and a dog and his bone. French book of Hours, c. 1350.

Sirius, from The Araeta, France

The dog star Sirius, from The Araeta, France.

Medieval dog eating something he shouldn't.

Dogs. Eating things they shouldn't since 1200 A.D.

Three brackers, c 1400.

Three brackers, c. 1400.

Medieval dog-headed man hunting a rabbit.

Medieval dog-headed hunter with rabbit.

Medieval rabbit with a basket of puppies

Medieval rabbit with a basket of puppies

Wolf-like dog on tiptoes.

Well-fed Wolf-dog on tiptoes.

Blue dog from the Maastricht book of hours.

Blue dog from the Mastricht book of hours.

Medieval dog, begging

Medieval dog begging.

Pair of hunting dogs, Luttrell Psalter.

Pair of hunting dogs, from the Luttrell Psalter.

Dog with a satchel.

Marginalia dog holding a satchel.

Detail from Flemish Book of Hours 1450-55: St. George and the Dragon. Medieval ladies were quite delicate.

A lady. Detail from Flemish Book of Hours: St. George and the Dragon. Medieval ladies were quite delicate. c. 1450-1455.

Morgan library, dog beating a drum.

Dog beating a drum, Morgan library

African rainbow dog, with cloven hooves.

African rainbow dog, with cloven hooves.

Dog from Persian encaustic tile.

Medieval dog from an encaustic tile, Persian, 1115.

Dog, Cosmologie Universelle, 1555

Dog, Cosmologie Universelle, 1555.

Medieval dog sermonizing to fowl.

Medieval dog lecturing to fowl.

Dancing with Dogs.

Dancing with dogs.

Medieval hunting dogs: Coupled rachers.

Medieval hunting dogs: Coupled rachers (mixed breed dogs).

Italian pit dog, Canis Angelicus Albus

Family jewels stolen, alarm sounded.

Family jewels stolen. Dogs on duty. Alarm sounded.

Three medieval street dogs.

Three medieval street dogs.

Dogs and hybrid hunter from Le Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies.

Dogs and hybrid hunter from Le Roman de Gillion de Trazegnies, Flemish, 1464.

Dog with a deer.

Dog attacking a deer, Gorleston psalter, 1310.

Rutland psalter dog teacher.

Rutland psalter dog, spreading the word.

Medieval dog playing fetch with a ball.

Medieval dog playing ball.

Medieval dog bishop with orange mitre_cap.

Medieval dog bishop with orange mitre cap.

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Nothing is more busy and wittier than a hound. ~Bartholomaeus Anglicus, De Proprietatibus Rerum, 13th century

Tile Specifications

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

Pricing

Per Medieval Pet:

4-inch medieval dog: $68

6-inch medieval dog: $77

Prices do not include shipping costs.

You are helping. $5 of the price of each medieval dog tile is donated to Grand-Paws Senior Dog Sanctuary

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