The Function and Symbolism of Gargoyle Figurines

Scatheus, Guardian of the Shadows Gargoyle SculptureThe gargoyle is one of the more interesting and intriguing types of decor. Unlike animal garden sculptures that show realistic depictions of real animals such as lions and bears, the typical gargoyle statue shows a mythical, intimidating monster. Their appearance couldn't really be described as being pleasant in any way so it seems rather odd that they have been a popular form of garden statuary for centuries. However, long before they made their way into gardens, gargoyles were a common feature on structures for thousands of years. Gargoyles in the form of lions can be seen on ancient Egyptian structures and the ancient Greeks used gargoyles with leering faces on many of their temples. Although those gargoyles were used as sculptural decor, their main function was to divert water off of roofs.

During the Middle Ages in Europe, gargoyles had the same function but this was combined with a lot more symbolism. Gargoyles began to take on more frightening forms to scare off any evil spirits that might want to enter a castle or church as well as to remind church goers that the devil and his minions were always watching and waiting to tempt the unwary. In present times, we use gargoyles in the garden and on our houses because they are simply interesting, unique decor. Whether you display a cute statue like Emmett the Gargoyle or a masterpiece of terror like Scatheus, Guardian of the Shadows, a gargoyle in the garden provides a dramatic touch.

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