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Salisbury Cathedral - XIV

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Type: Foliate head (?)
Location: Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin
OS GR: SU 142295
Period: Eighteenth-century?
Medium: Marble
Foliage: Stylised almost out of existence
Mood: Agonising



This strange, attenuated head is at the foot of the Ashley memorial, at the east end of the south wall of the nave.  Dating from the eighteenth century (?), it is so stylised that it can hardly be said to be a foliate head at all, were it not for the slight foliate effect at the top of the head, and a sense of slight leafiness about the cheekbones.  Should we have even included it here?  We leave it to you to judge.

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 27 Dec 2008.  Last updated on 27 Dec 2008.