Mere - IV
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|Location:||Church of St Michael the Archangel|
|OS GR:||ST 812323|
|Mood:||Slightly self-satisfied, amused|
These two foliate heads are on a misericord on the north side of the chancel. Mere church guide booklet tells us that the misericords on the south side of the chancel are 15th century, but those on the north side are 20th century. So these twin heads are modern additions, but blend in very nicely with the older 15th century carvings around them.
They are not quite identical, as we might expect from hand-carved pieces. They flank an angel and seem the antithesis of their companion, the bawdy monk on the misericord opposite. These are quite nice examples of the rarer foliate head form, and with their rather prim mouths and finely modelled noses they have a somewhat self-satisfied air.
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by Black Cat Folklore