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Last Supper

By Philip_H
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

Tags: North yorkshire Church Architecture Font Ryedale Last supper Stone carving Baptismal font North grimston Parish church of St Nicholas Disciples

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Comments


CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
6 Mar 2013 6:32PM
A fascinating carving, Philip, and a good explanation of it, thank you. Carol

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Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 6:42PM
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.
6 Mar 2013 6:48PM

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.
taggart Plus
12 46 13 United States
6 Mar 2013 7:01PM
I am fascinated by this sort of carving--- would enjoy feeling it, attempting to read it-- Thanks for the image!
6 Mar 2013 7:04PM
Love their looks
nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
6 Mar 2013 7:05PM
Thank you for the comprehensive info, I like this kind of crude works. Well taken and presented, Philip.
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 7:15PM
Interesting, informative and incredible.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
6 Mar 2013 7:20PM
An amazing font, and very well captured, Philip, I'm surprised it is still so open to the public.

Dave
Suzicoo 4 480 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 8:11PM
An amazing font, with your usual comprehensive descriptive commentary,
Thanks for sharing
Suzicoo
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2013 9:46PM
Very beautiful capture Philip, great light and great information.
ElenaSmileGrin
6 Mar 2013 9:53PM
Great light, details and great information
Effrossini
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
7 Mar 2013 4:35AM
Thanx for sharing this very interesting info and images with us Philip !! A great photo !
Richsr Plus
9 90 223 England
7 Mar 2013 12:56PM
Captured the details of this well here Philip, good info too
Regards Richard
8 Mar 2013 4:43PM
A good composition and light
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 11:34PM
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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