It has been really rather a long time since I last shared one of my creations but keeping this one under wraps was a priority, otherwise it wouldn’t have been much of a surprise for its recipient! To celebrate 5 … Continue reading
When imaging and creating a mosaic there are a large variety of motifs and designs one can choose from to create an authentically classical style, but for anyone out there who has seen many of my mosaic’s there is a … Continue reading
Grouted and polished, the table is finally complete and is now a working piece of furniture and I must admit, that I am pretty pleased with the final outcome. As I have found many times before the grouting has made … Continue reading
After some more hard work the mosaic is more or less complete now, the last tesserae have been laid, and now it only needs grouting to consolidate it and finish it proper. As the opposite half exhibited a personification of … Continue reading
Work has continued on my ‘masterpiece’ and it has hit and surpassed the halfway mark now, the end is sort of in sight. One side and the middle section done, just the other side left to do in which I … Continue reading
Another month has gone by and so I have another mosaic, but not for me this time but a gift for someone else. A couple of months ago it was suggested to me that I should make a mosaic tray … Continue reading
Recently I’ve relocated for a new exciting job and in the process have had to leave the mosaics behind for a while, therefore this most recent effort will be the last for a small time. Previously I made a mosaic … Continue reading
One day, sat down with my dinner on a tray before the TV, it suddenly occurred to me that this is one of the many situations in life that could be vastly improved with a mosaic. With this in loose … Continue reading
Increasingly these days I find myself seeking justification for making more mosaics. Therefore in my eternal quest to feed my mosaic addiction, or passion as I prefer to call it, I’ve began making mosaics as gifts for people. However it … Continue reading
Since last week’s discussion of the hare mosaic I’ve been thinking again about the place of the ‘hare’ in ancient religion.
For all the talk of its potential significance in its namesake mosaic, the significance of the hare in ancient religion is a veritable mystery and uncovering the reason would add such great flavour to an already absorbing piece of art.
For the sake of a reason, my best guestimation would be that the hare, as well as the goose and cockerel, were all the zoomorphic representation of a native deity or at least the animal companion of. Such companions are widely known from ancient pagan religions such as the cockerel and ram being associated with Mercury. A parallel can also be drawn to a local belief, across the Cotswolds where a series of sculptures dedicated to a local deity all portray a figure associated with a bird, given the area possibly a wood pigeon.
This to my mind would suggest that, if the hare was taboo as food or a hunting item and looked after or revered by the native British, then being the associate to a deity would be a most plausible explanation for such behaviour and worship. Nevertheless this is just conjecture and should be treated as such, but it never hurts to enquire and it would certainly be plausible. Furthermore even if it is a valid assumption the next mystery is who was this deity, and what powers did it behold? It seems history loves nothing more than a mystery.