The ceramic garden gnomes today have a very human past. Before the days before we had our cute little friends in clay, people played an important role as stern guardians of flora and fauna; they were usually old men who preferred privacy over anything else (including basic hygiene).
The English court during Georgian times was a place of ostentatious displays and lavish spending. The hermitages were created to provide privacy for the wealthy, who needed it most – often due to impending bankruptcy or illness that compromised their public life as an example setter with its riches on display around them in case people wanted more than just money but also tastes like melancholy (and vice versa).
Elite circles viewed this deeper, more introspective form of sadness as a mark of intelligence and thus sought to associate themselves with it whenever possible. They decorated their faces in order for others see how intelligent they truly are by portraying an air that’s both serious but also fullfilled at the same time – through physical property such items can be easily brought alive!
The first, and most famous advertisement for a hermit-in residence was placed by Charles Hamilton. He sought men to live in his garden with him for seven years – sometimes longer if they were deemed worthy of it. This man’s requirements included:
The ad writer sought someone who would be able not only live apart from society but also devote themselves entirely into what he saw as introspection; propriety requires that we remain silent on these matters though one wonders how much wisdom could possibly come out when there are no words spoken between two souls divided.
The more eccentric the hermit, the better was how they thought. While some would say that today’s modern day hermits are only slightly less eccentric than their 18th century counterparts who went nearly a decade without bathing or wearing new clothes in order to be lauded by society for this behavior pattern – I find it rather fascinating!
The ceramic garden gnome is a perfect example of how society has changed over time. Originally seen as an object to be worshiped in the 17th century, these figures are now considered kitschy and embarrassing by some while others embrace their new found “bling” status on par with anything else that’s popular today (I’m looking at you breast implants!).
What is the History Behind Gnomes?
Gnomes are small creatures that live in the ground. They have been around for centuries, and were once believed to bring good luck due their shape as ornamental figurines of various sizes depicting males from a mythological race – but now this belief may just be folklore!
Are Gnomes a British Thing?
Garden gnomes are popping up all over the place. They originated in Germany, but now you’ll find them everywhere- even on your lawn!
Are Gnomes Boy or Girl?
Gnomes can be various genders including female.