The use of Gargoyles as ornament and rain spouts in the early 13th Century were iconic to Medieval and Gothic architecture. The dragon like stone figures were open and channeled rainwater off the roofs (critical for preserving the stone mortar). The figures were aptly named for the noisy gurgling sound of draining water, which is derived from gargouille (French for throat).
The lion or dragon like figures were often coupled with grotesques or “misshapen faces and figures” which date back to the ancients who used them on temples to ward off evil spirits. This piece stands 16″ high by 11″ wide and would be a unique addition to a garden or as a compliment to an existing fence or structure.