This caught my interest.I Googled,you atr top of the list!
t looks to me as though it was put in under disguise.
And imagine those traces of paint! So many years since the hane that brushed them on fell still
Michael Dames has a story about visiting the church in the 70s and pointing the figure out to two ladies who'd worshipped there all their lives and how they were very surprised because they'd never noticed it before.
I'm top of the list? Wow!
That's a nice picture of Ailz.
By the way, your churches make ours look like the often pale imitations that they are. It's true that there are a few outstanding examples of church architecture in America, but none can compare to the truly ancient ones in the UK.
I once spent the summer providing holiday relief for the rector of an 18th century church in Philadelphia. That was a very attractive building.
We rode by it a few months ago. I'll take its picture next time.
I'd love to see it again.
They have a website, and they're hiring. I think I know the consultant they retained to guide them through the discernment process. See the "profile" pdf.http://www.rahmweb.com/stjames/
She reminds me of Baubo, but I don't know of a comparable figure in Norse mythology. Fascinating.
She's unique. I don't know of anything like her in Britain or elswhere.
These are really a wonderful set of photographs. It's like being walked through layers of time.
Avebury's like that. Layer upon layer- and many of the levels utterly mysterious.
She resembles a Sheela, but....
Sheelas aren't depicted giving birth. And I can't think of one that has anything in her hands. No, I believe there's something a little different going on here.
The font figure would be another example of a Sheela na Gig, wouldn't it?
I found some references to this font by googling and you are indeed at the top of the list today.
Sheelas are "exhibitionist female figures". They display their sex and that's all they do. This one appears to be giving birth and is doing expressive things with her hands, so I don't think she really fits the category.
Going out on a limb (guided by Michael Dames) I think she's a river Goddess- the personification of the Winterbourne/Kennet.
That's a lovely serene portrait of Ailz.
On second look, I'm interested in the post that is smack in the middle of the pews--looks like a tree!--to Ailz's left.
Ah yes, well spotted! There are two of them and they're there to support the tower. They seem old- 17th century perhaps.
What I love: the shiny red fire extinguisher next to the ancient font. How amazed and baffled the stonecarver would have been to see it there! And what an odd place for a fire extinguisher, just next to a water basin!
Ah, but there isn't any water in the font. I wonder if they still use it for baptisms.