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Shadow of Death

By Philip_H
Free-standing medieval effigy in the south transept at Pershore Abbey, Pershore in Worcestershire.

The now faceless effigy, on a tomb chest incorporating quatrefoils, is thought to be an abbot, possibly William de Harvington or Abbot Hert.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Woodland Beauty'.

Best wishes,

Tags: Death Shadows Architecture Worcestershire Medieval Pershore Effigy South transept Pershore Abbey Recumbent effigy Abbot Tomb chest

Voters: NDODS, Mrsbass, CarolG and 25 more

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 1:05PM
An interesting and well captured photograph in rather difficult lighting conditions Phillip.

Regards Nathan Grin

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Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 1:12PM
Oh I like this one Philip it is full of mystery and intrigue, I like the shadow falling across the tomb and we can only guess what this unkown Abbot would have looked like. It also feels serene and peaceful when I look at it.
16 Feb 2013 1:23PM
A different pov, very interesting, lovely light and shadow
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1792 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 1:51PM
Even stone effigies die... Moving, sad image.
Herge88 10 40 4 England
16 Feb 2013 4:22PM
Good use of light and shade and shadow in this.

Best Matt
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
16 Feb 2013 4:26PM
The shadows add depth and mystery, Philip, and I like your angle of capture.

16 Feb 2013 4:38PM
An interesting capture
Tibetan 5 3 England
16 Feb 2013 5:09PM

Quote:An interesting and well captured photograph in rather difficult lighting conditions Phillip.

Regards Nathan Grin

I certainly agree there Philip, assume that is wear due to veneration over many century's by pilgrims well done, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
16 Feb 2013 5:15PM
This is an excellent capture Philip !! You discover the weirdest and most interesting artifacts and scenes !!
parob 6 3 74 France
16 Feb 2013 5:19PM
Recumbent effigies in churches and abbeys are usually meant to celebrate a person's life. This one is quite special because it displays, as Moira underlines, death and decay. Obviously, the stone-head has suffered the ravages of time, but I think there is more in this complex shot. It is as if outside light filtering through the stained-glass had for a moment entered the underworld of darkness and mystery. Thus it is finally, the strange coloration on the spotted figure; the way it contrasts with the dark background and the invading dark band that does it. It is only now that I noticed the quatrefoils, the imprint of another time. Well done,
HELANA 7 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 5:33PM
Good pov Philip, vwry well captureSmile.
nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
17 Feb 2013 12:22AM
Well taken shot.
xwang 8 56 8
22 Feb 2013 10:31PM
Well spotted, spooky....

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