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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. Medeival 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

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

Medieval dog, attending.

Medieval dog, attending.

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.

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.

The golden-hound of Zeus.

The Golden Hound of Zeus.

Ulisse Androvandi, Spaniel.

Ulisse Aldrovandi, Spaniel

Early Renaissance dog in a suit of armor.

Dog wearing a suit of armor, early renaissance.

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.

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.

Dog from a coat of arms

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.

Dog guarding a bone from French Book fo Hours c. 1350.

A dog and his bone. French book of Hours, c. 1350.

Sirius, from The Araeta, France

The dog star Sirius, from The Araeta, France.

Three brackers, c 1400.

Three brackers, c. 1400.

Dog from Persian encaustic tile.

Medieval dog from an encaustic tile, Persian, 1115.

Medieval dog-headed man hunting a rabbit.

Medieval dog-headed hunter with rabbit.

Pair of hunting dogs, Luttrell Psalter.

Pair of hunting dogs, from the Luttrell Psalter.

Dog with a satchel.

Marginalia dog holding a satchel.

Morgan library, dog beating a drum.

Dog beating a drum, Morgan library

Medieval dog, begging

Medieval dog begging.

Green hunting dog.

Sad green hunting dog

Italian pit dog, Canis Angelicus Albus

Medieval hounds at prey.

Medieval hounds at prey.

Three medieval street dogs.

Three medieval street dogs.

Dog with a deer.

Dog attacking a deer, Gorleston psalter, 1310.

Tile Specifications

Title: Medieval Dogs

Tile: Tumbled Botticino marble

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 Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary. (Facebook)

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