SP5106 : Sheldonian head

taken 9 years ago, near to Oxford, Oxfordshire, Great Britain

Sheldonian head
Sheldonian head
One of 13 heads or 'herms' on top of pillars outside the Sheldonian theatre in Broad Street. They are sometimes referred to as Emperors, Tyrants, Philosophers or even Apostles but in fact they are nameless and purely decorative. This is the third set to be made, by the sculptor Michael Black in 1972 (I remember seeing them taking shape in his workshop by the river in Grandpont); earlier ones (replaced in 1868) found their way into many local gardens, and their replacements, which also crumbled rapidly, were felt to look more picturesque as "mouldering busts" (John Betjeman)than in their pristine state. Generations of undergraduates have adorned them with traffic cones and the like.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 6 March, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 11 March, 2008
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Sculpture   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 515 064 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:45.2627N 1:15.2930W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 515 064
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