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Green Man

By mistere
Usually referred to in works on architecture as foliate heads or foliate masks, carvings of the Green Man take many forms, naturalistic or decorative. The simplest depict a man's face peering out of dense foliage. Some may have leaves for hair, perhaps with a leafy beard. Often leaves or leafy shoots are shown growing from the open mouth, sometimes even from the nose and eyes as well. In the most abstract examples, the carving can appear to be merely stylised foliage, with the facial element only becoming apparent on closer examination.
This one lives in the Bishop's Palace in Wells in Somerset, adjacent to Wells Cathedral.
Many thanks for your votes and comments on my "Black &Light" image, special thanks to
Jo(Jocas), Kurt(Kurt42), Alan(Alan_Baseley) and John(Lifesnapper) for your generous User Awards.

Tags: General Green man Wells Archetecture

Voters: williamsloan, barbarahirst, ddolfelin and 24 more

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barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2016 5:16PM
those eyes and grin...scarey
nightmares tonight methinksWink
barbarahirst 13 27 12 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2016 5:16PM
no....more a smirkTongue
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
30 Apr 2016 5:31PM
It depicts an older god.
One that lives in the earth and borrows roots and branches to achieve human form.
Can be seen in wooded areas, particularly at dusk.

Good shot!
30 Apr 2016 6:19PM
A stunning frame filler, Dave. Well presented.
Hypnotic eyes on this green man...SmileSmile

nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
30 Apr 2016 7:44PM
A fascinating close up, so powerful and impressive, and those eyes and the smile make it even more enchanting, Dave.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2016 8:12PM
He's been around a long time Dave, do like yours.
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2016 8:28PM
Fabulous carving , interesting narrative and superb image, love those eyesGrinGrin
1 May 2016 6:55AM
Great idea to crop this one close Dave and hey! I feel like reaching for my Mallet and Chisel Wink

John Smile
ColleenA Plus
9 500 7 Australia
1 May 2016 7:44AM
Great textures...interesting info...a great shot
Fabulous image,wonderful textures ,excellent capture.Dave.

1 May 2016 12:48PM
I love the green man, I have one in the hall way, This is a wonderful detailed carving. Interesting write up too Dave.

Patty xSmileSmile
1 May 2016 3:39PM
A stunning frame filler
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
1 May 2016 7:47PM
I'd love to keep this one in my garden... It would keep all the cats away for my resident robins to feel safe...
Excellent subject!
Isabel Grin

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