NT1477 : Carved Arch in Dalmeny Kirk

taken 7 years ago, near to Dalmeny, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Carved Arch in Dalmeny Kirk
Carved Arch in Dalmeny Kirk
The carvings in the archway are in two parts, outer and inner, and represent a number of distinctly non-Christian subjects. On the outer arch a series of carvings alternate with grotesque protruding masks. From left to right, the carvings are

1. A king and kneeling knight facing him, perhaps during the knight's investiture
2. A centaur shooting at a griffin
3. Not a quiver of arrows, but Perixidion, the Tree of Life
4. A naked savage fighting a lion to gain its skin
5. A whale mistaken for an island by sailors, who have fallen into the sea when it dived
6. A king enthroned
7. A manticore - a mythical beast with the head of a man, the body of an ox and the tail of a serpent
8. A mounted knight with sword and shield
9. A serpent without a head

The inner arch contains

10. The phoenix - there was only ever a single phoenix, which in due course immolated itself, and from whose ashes the new phoenix was born
11. Terrebolen - also called 'igniferi lapides' these were stones which were either male or female. When brought together they would ignite
12. A basilisk - a creature hatched by a toad or serpent from a cockerel's egg, its glance was deadly
13. A four-footed dragon
14. A serra - a sea dragon with the feet of a swan, it pursued ships and wrecked them
15. An eagle, which flew close to the sun and was scorched, but which could revive itself in a fountain
16. A hart, which drank till its body was full, and then used the water to quench its foe, the dragon
17. A pelican, reviving its young with blood from its own breast
18. Two dragons fighting
19. A lion, on guard and sleeping with its eyes open
20. A griffin - half eagle and half lion, it guards treasure
21. A serpent
22. The Agnus Dei - the Lamb of God
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Date Taken
Thursday, 12 January, 2012   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 12 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Religious sites 
Person (from Tags)
St Cuthbert  Gospatric 
Church (from Tags)
St Cuthberts 
Style (from Tags)
Romanesque 
Period (from Tags)
12th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1444 7750 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:58.9693N 3:22.3704W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 1444 7749
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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Kirk  Church of Scotland  Norman 

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