TF3244 : St Botolph's - Choir Stall Carvings - 11

near to Boston, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

St  Botolph's - Choir Stall Carvings - 11
St Botolph's - Choir Stall Carvings - 11
I'm going to be bold with this carving and suggest that it is "A Pelican in its Piety". It was thought in the Middle Ages that Pelicans pecked their own breasts to provide blood to feed their offspring. This was considered a very pious and selfless act, and was much depicted in heraldry. The action of drawing blood in this way was known as "vulning".
St Botolph's - Carvings
The choir stalls and misericords at St Botolph's parish church, Boston date from the late C14th making them over 600 years old. They are situated on either side of the chancel just after the arch that separates it from the nave.
They depict many strange, wonderful and often humorous beasts and actions. Some are obvious, some far less so, and some of the scenes are obviously allegorical or cautionary. Most of all they are a testament to the ability of those mediaeval carvers who embellished the furnishings of the church with such skill and artistry.
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Saturday, 5 November, 2011
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