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Sheila-na-gig [Jan. 31st, 2015|03:12 pm]
Tony Grist
But one doesn't visit Kilpeck for the Castle; one goes for the church- which is a perfect- and virtually unrestored- little jewel-box of Romanesque architecture- featuring the finest surviving collection of carvings by the Hereford school of masons.

And if one is any kind of a pagan one is particularly drawn to this particular corbel...

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P.S. I had always thought the figure was bald, but looking closely at this picture- which takes you closer to her than you can get in actuality- it seems to me as if she has a kind of fright wig of sticky-out hair.
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2015-01-31 03:34 pm (UTC)
I def. see old lady frizzy grey hair! As found on my head now. :D
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-31 06:21 pm (UTC)
The hair makes a big difference. I see her as more like a person now, less like a goblin.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2015-02-01 03:53 pm (UTC)
Yep.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2015-01-31 04:10 pm (UTC)
I would definitely say that was hair.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-31 06:22 pm (UTC)
Odd that I'd never spotted it before.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2015-02-01 09:15 am (UTC)
Perhaps the angle of light was different this time and thus made the hair more visible?
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From: artkouros
2015-01-31 04:13 pm (UTC)
Who would have thought they had oranges back then?
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[User Picture]From: wyrmwwd
2015-01-31 07:09 pm (UTC)
There was a woman at the Pagan Conference who did her whole presentation on Sheila-na-gigs. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-31 08:31 pm (UTC)
Did she have anything original to say?

That sounds patronising; I don't mean it that way. I'm genuinely curious.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2015-01-31 08:16 pm (UTC)
And if one is any kind of a pagan one is particularly drawn to this particular corbel...

I love those so very much.

it seems to me as if she has a kind of fright wig of sticky-out hair.

Yes. An almost trapezoidal brush.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-01-31 08:32 pm (UTC)
There are so very few of them left.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2015-01-31 11:02 pm (UTC)
the first thing I saw was "goatse".
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[User Picture]From: nineweaving
2015-02-01 05:49 am (UTC)
Hey, I like her boingy hair. Never seen a clear enough photograph of her that it was visible.

Nine
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-02-01 08:06 am (UTC)
I've photographed her before, but this is a much better image than I've managed before.
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From: (Anonymous)
2015-02-04 12:50 pm (UTC)

Sheila- na- gig photo

Tony, that is a fabulous picture, and quite strange for me because I've just finished reviewing a book based around a Sheila-na-gig, and I did wonder what one of them might look like. It's very striking and lewd. Good find. I was actually looking for you Tony as I'm cleaning out a lot of old writing and notes material today and came across stuff that Kathy Hunter had sent me, Kathy who disappeared.
Rebecca Lloyd.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2015-02-04 04:13 pm (UTC)

Re: Sheila- na- gig photo

Thanks.

I got a message from Kathy a few years back. I forget what it said but clearly it wasn't very revealing or I'd have remembered. I replied- and then she disappeared again.

The Carriage House Review was quite a good little magazine while it lasted, don't you think?
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