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Eligius Tile - PatriArts Gallery

Eligius Tile

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St. Eligius (or Eloi or Loy)

Feast Day: December 1

Patron Saint of horses, veterinarians, agricultural workers, metal smiths, mechanics, coin collectors, farmers, farriers, jewelers, jockeys, miners, minters, saddlers, taxi drivers, tool makers watch makers, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

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Actual size: 6" x 8" x 1/4" thick or 8" x 10" x 1/4" thick

Signed and dated; wire hanger is attached to the back. The tiles can also be mounted permanently on a wall, as with any ceramic tile. (Let us know if you don't want the wire hanger on the back.)

The symbolism and inspiration:

I've wanted to do a patron saint of horses for a long time, but found it difficult to combine jewelers with metalsmiths with veterinarians and a mechanical engineers. (Not to mention farmers and taxi drivers!)

Eligius is feeding apples to a horse. On the side is a relpica of his actual signature. The bees and hive symbolize industry and the two thrones symbolize his integrity (referenced in his legend). There is also a gold coffer, a metal smith, and a coin minted at Limoges.

This is dedicated to my cousin Jake, one of the best people (and horsemen) I know.

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