Julian (or Juliana), born in England in 1342, was a Benedictine anchoress in the medieval city of Norwich. A medieval anchoress like Julian lived in a cell built into the wall of a church. Julian's function was to pray, to be still, and to give counsel to any who sought her advice. She was a mystic, visionary and writer. Many medieval anchoresses kept cats as mousers, and a longstanding legend has it that Julian too had a cat in her cell: a stained-glass church window in Norwich, for instance, shows Julian with her cat. Cats, being great masters of stillness and contemplation in their own right, would have been fitting companions for those who, like Julian, prayed for long hours. We can imagine the two contemplatives–Julian and her cat–still and at peace together. Julian died in 1416, and the site of her and her cat's cell is a place of pilgrimage to this day. Although not formally beatified or canonized, Julian of Norwich is considered "blessed" due to widespread devotion.
This custom made figure is hand sculpted by Hank Schlau and hand painted by Karen Schlau. Made of durable material that is suitable for both indoors and outdoors.
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|By:||Friar Jim (arlington, TX, March 31, 2011)|
|Review:||This is truly beautiful art and for the money, an astounding value. I'm really very impressed. Pros: Excellent productart|
|By:||Julian fan (Manitoba, Canada, January 29, 2011)|
|Review:||I have put it on the top shelf of my night table. Julian has always been important in my life. Pros: Ian's life, Perfect reflection of Jul, Simple and serene|
|By:||A Benedictine Oblate (Minnesota, January 12, 2011)|
|Review:||As a cat lover and as a woman who practices a contemplative, prayerful way of life this handmade figure embraces exactly who I am. I knew the minute I saw it I had to have it and I was not disappointed! Beautiful in it's simplicity it speaks of calmness and gentleness while embracing stillness and the the value of time alone spent with God. Best Uses: Display in prayer space, Keep near favorite chair; Pros: Calming, Contemplative, Gentle, Simple|
|By:||Patricia (Washington, DC, October 22, 2010)|
|Review:||I have this figure on a wall near where my cat's things are, sort of to watch over him while I am away from home. I love the quality of the figure and the attention to detail. It has a nice weight to it, so it solid. It is one of my favorite figures. My cat likes it too. Cons: none; Pros: Attention to detail, Lovely, Nice size, Well Made|
|By:||A Reading Writer (Ridgefield, CT, May 8, 2010)|
|Review:||I'm so happy with this purchase. I am both an admirer of Julian of Norwich and a cat lover and have placed her on a shelf on which I collect items that have special meaning to me. The figurine has a satisfying weight and stands stably. The craftsmanship is just what I was wanting, rustic but conveying a sense of contemplation and peacefulness. It is a wonderful reminder of the important spiritual role of women.|