Wood - Carvings


Carved Panel 

Franco-Flemish, 1575-1600

If this is the Virgin Mary, it must be the ugliest she has ever been shown! The long hair was a sign of virginity and she has a halo, so it likely is her…The plants above and below her are often taken to be the tree of life. The panel is deeply carved and has an old, dark surface. I guess it's from an unpretentious manor house or a rural church -- nothing spohisticated or urban about it at all.


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Flemish, c.1650

Small is beautiful, right? This animated carving of the west wind may have been made for a beam end on a hammer-beam roof. He's so well carved that you draw your coat around you as you pass him.


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Carving of the Mocking of Christ 

Flemish, 1450-75

Fabulous carving of the mocking of Christ. Imaginative way of combining two jeering men and Christ into a single carving. Probably part of a retable group behind an altar but it does not look too "holy" and would show well in a secular setting. Carved from a hollow branch.


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Lion Corbel 

English, 17th c.

Wonderful humanoid lion! The mouth of a lion, the nose and eyes of a human -- you have to love it!


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