The Green Man

Among the roof bosses of the nave, most of them decorated with shields or leaves, is a representation of the Green Man.

In common with similar heads of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, foliage grows out of his eyes, ears and nostrils. Facial expressions vary from one example to another: sometimes sad, sometimes angry, and sometimes genial and happy, as this Green Man is portrayed. He represents nature and the cyclical pattern of the natural world, and was a favourite subject of medieval wood-carvers.

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