Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist
poliphilo

Loaves And Fishes?

The Crypt is the oldest part of Canterbury Cathedral- and its where the shrine of St Thomas was first erected- and remained until the pressure of pilgrim numbers compelled them to move it upstairs. There's some great Romanesque carving down there.

Also it's very dark. Some of the things I'd like to have photographed were so deep in shadow I didn't even try. This particular capital was in the twilight zone. I doubted it would come out but I gave it a shot- and processed the result. The image is grainy- but then so is original stone.

A person sits on another person's head holding a fish in one hand and something indeterminate in the other. Is this the boy who supplied Jesus with the loaves and fishes with which he fed the 5,000? Seems unlikely: for one thing he apears to have a beard and moustache and for another the indeterminate object looks more like a bowl than a loaf. But I don't have any other suggestions. I've not seen anything like it before.

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