Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mooning gargoyle -- Well I'll be!

When we were in England, we visited as many churches as we could fit in, which was not enough for me while being simultaneously too many for Mark!

I bought two gargoyle faces, one from York Minster, and one from the Tower of London -- both were face pullers. Gargoyles were often not pretty faces (and not always the winged demons either), but frequently the faces of local people whom the stone artists simply did not like.

Well... what got in the coffee of the stone mason at this church?

This extraordinary photo was taken by Robin Peel who noticed this gargoyle high on the tower of All Saints, Easton on the HIll, near Stamford.

This is a gargoyle MOONING the assemblage AND, since it appears to be a water spout, he is also, well, dumping on them. Hi Ho! Cheerio! What? Those Brits had fun even 1,000 years ago!


Blogger Gayle said...

WOW! Very weird, Walker! LOL!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Junebug said...

Funny that you should mention this. My daughter told me she watched a program about Michelangelo recently. He was commissioned by the Pope to paint the Sistine Chapel. They discovered there are many moonings and off-the-wall jokes that he painted in high places that most people can't see. He didn't like the Pope.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I love the gargoyle. Those silly Medieval types. Sure knew how to carry jokes.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

unbelievable... and too funny.
I thought mooning was a modern phenomenon. (very manly, too.. ha ha)

2:39 AM  

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