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Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'What Light', taken in the medieval parish church of St Nicholas, North Grimston, N.Yorks.

As I mentioned the 'mighty and barbaric' font in the description with that upload, I thought I'd better upload an image of it - so here is a part of it!

The date of the carving is the matter of some dispute. Some say it is Norman, but other sources conclude that it predates the Normans, while others suggest a medieval date. That latter suggestion seems highly unlikely, given the style, which is much more suggestive of a late Saxon or, most likely, an early Norman date. Similar carved fonts can be found nearby at Cowlam, Kirkburn and Langtoft.

Much of the font is covered with a single design, depicting the Last Supper, an unusual subject matter for a baptismal font. The disciples sit at a long table that is laden with food including fish and loaves of bread with a cross on top. There are also flagons, platters, dishes, knives and cups. Chirist is easily recognisable and sits in a separate panel, his feet upon a stool. His clothing is unusual, and resembles that of a Roman military officer. One of the disciples extends his left hand, while the others have their right hands on the table. One historian has been led to suggest that the 'lefty' is likely to represent Judas.

One unique figure is separated from the Last Supper depiction and bears a crozier (bishop's staff). Local tradition suggests that this represents St Nicholas, to whom the church is dedicated. A final panel illustrates the Crucifixion, with Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus taking Christ down off the cross. Again, an unusual subject for a font.

Best wishes,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Sep 2011 - 11:33 AM
Focal Length:4.6mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/2.8
Shutter Speed:1/8sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 6:32 PM

A fascinating carving, Philip, and a good explanation of it, thank you. Carol

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Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 6:42 PM

I really love the composition and light on this image Philip, (I thought I wasn't looking hard enough yesterday when I couldn't see the font even though I scoured the image several times over)! Superb piece of work both from yourself and the stone masons who spent hours creating this mighty and barbaric masterpiece.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 - 6:48 PM


Quote: I really love the composition and light on this image Philip, (I thought I wasn't looking hard enough yesterday when I couldn't see the font even though I scoured the image several times over)! Superb piece of work both from yourself and the stone masons who spent hours creating this mighty and barbaric masterpiece.

Sorry, Heather. I should have said it was at the other end of the church! Blush

P.

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taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 7:01 PM

I am fascinated by this sort of carving--- would enjoy feeling it, attempting to read it-- Thanks for the image!

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6 Mar 2013 - 7:04 PM

Love their looks

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nonur
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6 Mar 2013 - 7:05 PM

Thank you for the comprehensive info, I like this kind of crude works. Well taken and presented, Philip.

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NDODS e2 Member 33056 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 7:15 PM

Interesting, informative and incredible.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41031 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
6 Mar 2013 - 7:20 PM

An amazing font, and very well captured, Philip, I'm surprised it is still so open to the public.

Dave

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Suzicoo e2 Member 2392 forum postsSuzicoo vcard United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 - 8:11 PM

An amazing font, with your usual comprehensive descriptive commentary,
Thanks for sharing
Suzicoo

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HELANA
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6 Mar 2013 - 9:46 PM

Very beautiful capture Philip, great light and great information.
ElenaSmileGrin

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
6 Mar 2013 - 9:53 PM

Great light, details and great information
Effrossini

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
7 Mar 2013 - 4:35 AM

Thanx for sharing this very interesting info and images with us Philip !! A great photo !

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
7 Mar 2013 - 12:56 PM

Captured the details of this well here Philip, good info too
Regards Richard

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8 Mar 2013 - 4:43 PM

A good composition and light

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Chinga
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22 Mar 2013 - 11:34 PM

Happy to be 30th here. This is a lovely shot with a very good use of light on the subject. IB

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