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Norwich Roof Boss #6 [Sep. 12th, 2019|09:10 am]
Tony Grist

Another green man. The last one had chestnut boughs coming out of his mouth, this one is sprouting oak leaves.

I rather think he has a tonsure. If he does then he's not only a green man, but a green monk.

I don't know when the bosses were last painted- but they're beginning to look a bit shabby. It's time they were done again.

PS. It's been suggested by more than one person that the man with the dog in Boss #4 could be a thief. I think this is highly plausible- especially if you consider his proximity to scenes from the apocalypse. There are two verses in The Book of Revelation in which the Son of Man says he will come "like a thief"- and the image is a familiar New Testament trope- occurring in a number of texts- most notably in 1 Thessalonians 5: 2. "For you yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."

[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-09-12 10:46 am (UTC)

I wish I could see the very top of his head with more clarity but yes, it does look like a tonsure and the haircut is very monk-like as well. And why not? Whoever said Greenmen could not be modeled after real people?

And I join the ranks of those consider that boss 4 may represent a thief. So many lessons were taught by visuals back then and he does have that shifty-eyed look which is very well captured by the artist.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-09-12 11:36 am (UTC)
Might this be a portrait of an actual monk who'd got on the wrong side of the mason? Or even on the right side? Such things have been known.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-09-12 02:32 pm (UTC)
I love to speculate about mysteries like that. Never having seen a monk as a Greenman, I would think that perhaps the mason did know whose portrait he was doing and now wonder if he ever told the man he was doing that. I would like to think of the monk and the mason as friends.
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[User Picture]From: inamellowmood
2019-09-12 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, very nice! You're right, though, that it needs repainting; it looks sadly shop-worn.
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