I design, carve, and cast each piece myself (the pieces are copyrighted). I cast the pieces in modified gypsum with metal powders. We then glaze each piece. The pieces can stand or hang (the back is unglazed and has a hook), and each comes with a history card stating: "Born in what is now Croatia, Jerome (ca. 345-420) became a monk around the age of 25. After a dream in which he was told he was not Christian enough, he moved to the Syrian desert to become a hermit. Jerome went to the desert like others, with the intention of abandoning attachment to certain things so that he might embrace All, but he could not detach himself from learning: while others took nothing but rags with them to the desert, Jerome brought his library. For this, and other reasons, he is the patron of book lovers, librarians, and scholars. In the desert, Jerome taught himself Hebrew (he already knew Greek) so that he could be closer to the original languages of the Bible. After four or five years in the desert, he returned to Rome, where Pope Damasus asked him to take on an immense task: to translate the entire Bible into Latin. Jerome spent the rest of his life on the project, a work (the Vulgate) of almost unimaginable breadth. (For this he is the patron of translators.) Finally, Jerome is often depicted, as here, with a lion. The story is that a lion one day limped into the monastery where Jerome was at work. Other monks fled. Jerome, lion-like himself, stayed calm. The lion handed Jerome its paw. Jerome withdrew a thorn. For the rest of its life, the lion protected the scholar. This story is the reason that statues of lions often appear before libraries: those are Jerome�s lions. This small statue of Jerome was handmade by Hank Schlau and handpainted by Karen Schlau." Dimensions: 7 (h) x 2 (w) x 1.5 (d) inches.