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Mint4a.jpg (104275 bytes) Type: Foliate head
Location: Church of St Michael the Archangel
OS GR: ST 812323
Period: 20th century
Medium: Wood
Foliage: Stylised acanthus-leaf
Mood: Slightly self-satisfied, amused
Twin foliate heads

Mint4.jpg (35571 bytes)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.

 

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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