SK6287 : Green Man

taken 9 years ago, near to Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Green Man
Green Man
Green Man boss is St.Mary & St.Martin's nave LinkExternal link
The head is the small carving to the right spewing out foliage forming the boss
Green Man
The ‘Green Man’ is a relatively common pub name but is most often seen carved in wood or stone in churches across Britain and much of continental Europe. Thought to be a Pagan symbol, it was used by the early Christian church as a symbol of the Resurrection and life after death. The earliest Green Men appear in first and second century Roman motifs and the image has endured to the present day.
He combines nature and man together symbolising the power of both, representing life, death, fertility and rebirth, with leafy vines growing from his mouth and sometimes his eyes, nose and ears. The juxtaposition of a pagan symbol in medieval churches is fascinating and can be seen on capitals, bosses, corbels, misericords, fonts, stalls, bench ends, tombs and in stained glass. The face is almost invariably male, benign rather than sinister and usually in a location above head height so you have to look heavenwards to see it.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 19 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 22 February, 2009
Category
Architectural detail > Architectural detail   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 623 873 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:22.7327N 1:3.8242W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 623 873
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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