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Mere - II

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Mint2.jpg (148289 bytes) Type: Foliage-spewer, tongue-sticker
Location: Church of St Michael the Archangel
OS GR: ST 812323
Period: 15th century
Medium: Wood
Foliage: Stylised acanthus-leaf
Mood: Impertinent, cheeky, bawdy
A bawdy monk

To find this green man you must move on into the chancel and look at the misericords on the south side of the aisle.  This cheeky green man is carved on the misericord nearest the altar.  He is not just a foliage-spewer, but also a tongue-sticker, a motif which James Jerman in Images of lust identifies as a gesture both defiant and sexual.  Given that the clergy would be gently resting their bottoms just above this particular green man, his cheekiness seems verging on the bawdy.   His short haircut suggests the tonsure of a monk.

 

Also at Mere

  • 6 more green men inside the church
  • A green beast on the exterior
  • A mediaeval St Michael above the porch
  • Misericords
  • Angel roof
  • Mediaeval cross in the churchyard
  • Yapps Brothers of Mere - a wine-merchants - well worth stopping for a tasting!

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Page created on 16 June 2007.  Last updated on 16 June 2007

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