Daily Picture 30-Dec-09: Griffins Protecting the Garden of Eden Panel

Neo-Romanian style decorative panel on late 1920s house, Stirbei Voda area, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

The theme of the above splendid decorative panel, which I photographed during the recent snowfalls, is that of the biblical griffin(s) guarding the Garden of Eden. It is a recurrent theme in medieval church architecture and decoration, especially in its Byzantine branch. It is also one of the favourite decorative themes of the Neo-Romanian architectural style, together with that of the peacock. The specific Romanian element in the panel here is the Garden of Eden is represented as a vine plant endowed with rich clusters of grapes, a metaphor of Romania as a land of plenty (seen as an earthly Garden of Eden), where the vine grape is an over-abundant fruit and also one of the country’s main agricultural crops.

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I endeavor through this daily image series to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural heritage.

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