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Salisbury Cathedral - IV

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Type: Foliate eyebrows head
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Fourteenth-century
Medium: Wood-carving
Foliage: Acanthus
Mood: Luxuriant, elfin

While visiting the cathedral we were told by one of the guides that there were several green men among the misericords, but that so many of these old seats had been damaged by visitors moving them carelessly, that they were now roped off for their own protection.  This was the only green man we could find on the misericords within reach (we were very careful with the seat.  It is in the stall beneath the word THESAURII at the east end of the rear rank on the north side of the choir. 

This most unusual example of the type is a rather elven/elfin-looking head with slanting foliate eyebrows and a young sapling springing from the third eye on its brow.  The foliage is of the usual acanthus-type. 

Also at Salisbury

  • Many more examples of the green man at the Cathedral and elsewhere
  • In the chapter house, a rare example of a triple head
  • In the nave, a fourteenth-century clock, restored in 1956, formerly in the (now demolished) bell-tower.


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Page created on 6 Apr 2008.  Last updated on 6 Apr 2008.