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Handmade Julian of Norwich Figure

Handmade Julian of Norwich Figure

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Handmade Julian of Norwich Figure
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Item #: 2007887
Price: $32.95
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Product Description

  • Patron of Cats
  • Teacher of being well
  • Handmade in the U.S.A.


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.


Dimension & Specifications

  • 5 x 5 x 1.5 inches 
  • Hand Painted Cast Stone
  • Boxed Item
  • Comes with history card
  • Can stand or hang


Reviews - Handmade Julian of Norwich Figure

Average Customer Rating
(4.29/5 Stars, 7 Ratings) Based on 7 Reviews

Somewhat crude

Review: While I admire the Saint's story, the execution here is very crude, and the square framing of the image doesn't enhance it. The primitive carving of the Saint's name at the bottom just makes it look less attractive. Pretty disappointing.

Julian of Norwich

Review: This is the second Julian I have bought from this artist; the first one was a present to a Carmelite Tertiary. The figure is big enough to inspire peace and meditation, small enough to fit into a small space. She is almost anonymous and reminds one of the many women who have dedicated their lives to God, in and out of monasteries, in our Catholic faith and outside of it.

Can only marvel over the crafstmanship

Review: This is truly beautiful art and for the money, an astounding value. I'm really very impressed. Pros: Excellent productart

simple and serene

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

Exquisite In It's Simplicity

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

Lovely figure; quality work

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

Very Happy with Purchase

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.
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