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Salisbury Cathedral - VI

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Type: Spewing beast-head
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Thirteenth-century
Medium: Stone-carving
Foliage: Stylised
Mood: Secret, quirky
Description

Even though we had been told there was a green man on the base of a pillar in the Trinity Chapel, it took us a while to find this rather small and secret beast spewing its foliage onto one of the great Purbeck marble pillar-bases.  Again, we have a dragon-like beast, rather benevolent-looking, but definitely secretive down at floor-level where we can (and did) easily miss him.

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.