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Mythical Creatures: Gnome (Switzerland) By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2022


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Gnomes are mythical beings with a strange, interesting background. Known worldwide as small, dwarf-like, garden-dwelling creatures, the word “gnome” comes from the Latin’ gnomus’ or Greek’ gnosis,’ which has roots in the ancient Greek words for ‘knowledge of hidden treasure’ and ‘earth dweller.’ The traditional gnomes are closely linked to the mythology of the classical elements (Earth, Fire, Water, and Air) and were said to be the nocturnal protectors of the Earth. Legend has it that gnomes live underground, where they guard the nearby plant life (as well as their stashes of buried treasure). Supposedly, rays of sunshine could turn a gnome to stone. But unlike evil trolls, who also turned to stone in sunlight, gnomes were said to be good creatures who helped plants grow. Swiss alchemist Paracelsus first discussed the alleged magical powers of gnomes during the Renaissance, hence the prominence of gnomes in Swiss folklore. Inspired by the legends of mysterious creatures and mythical monsters from around the world, Anderson Design Group poster artists hand-rendered a vintage-styled poster of this mythical mini-man. This classic monster design and vintage poster art is available as a poster print, canvas, metal sign, mini-canvas, or as a notecard or postcard. To learn more about the history of gnomes, their role as protectors of plant life, and their connection to Switzerland, check out the website Trees.com.

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No print is complete without a stunning frame to complement it. We offer three different frame styles: Simple, Standard, and Deluxe, courtesy of our friends and neighbors at Belle Meade Framers. See below for features and measurements.

  • Simple Frames img
    • 1.25" flat wood-grain molding
    • Available in mocha brown, warm gray, and black
    • Ships ready-to-hang with attached metal wire and a wall hanger accessory
    • No mat is included, just the frame and your fantastic poster choice
    • 11x14" print—total frame size is 13x16"
    • 18x24" print—total frame size is 20x26"
    • 24x32" print—total frame size is 26x34"
  • Standard Frames img
    • 1.25" flat wood-grain molding
    • Available in mocha brown, warm gray, and black
    • Ships ready-to-hang with attached metal wire and a wall hanger accessory
    • Includes a classy cream-colored mat
    • 11x14" print—total frame size is 18x22"
    • 18x24" print—total frame size is 26x32"
    • 24x32" print—total frame size is 32x40"
  • Deluxe Frames img
    • 2" flat wood-grain molding
    • Available in mocha brown, warm gray, and black
    • Ships ready-to-hang with attached metal wire and a wall hanger accessory
    • Includes a supreme combination of cream and mocha-colored mat layers
    • 11x14" print—total frame size is 20x24"
    • 18x24" print—total frame size is 28x34"
    • 24x32" print—total frame size is 34x42"

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