Local Heart, Global Soul

September 23, 2013

I’m Probably Reading Too Much Into It, But I Think The Last One Is Hiding Something…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In continuation of yesterday’s post, I’m visiting Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, Kent, England and busy admiring the beautiful figures carved in stone all around me.

Yesterday’s post was about the mortals in stone, this post reaches a little further and is all about the angels.

The expressions on their faces are all very different, they range from the infant cherubs type to the more adult sort and come in both realistic and very stylised forms.

One poor angel is in desperate need of restoration, and is clearly praying for a new nose and a few extra fingers please.

Some are playful, some are serious, a little group of three appear to be sleeping, and one at the base of a large stone plague is definitely not amused (but probably you’d be rather cheesed off too if you had a plaque resting on you head).

Another group of five, all in a row, hold shields with various emblems on them, but it’s a different one, also with a shield that hangs from a gallery that impresses me the most. This one manages to look not just contented but mischievous and full of character at the same time. This is the kind of angel that you could imagine has a secret catapult hidden behind that shield. Had there been a sudden ping and a pea whistling past my ear once my back was turned I would not have been at all surprised.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

…and is this one really a little angel?….

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/visit/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canterbury_Cathedral

1 Comment »

  1. …probably not

    Comment by kiwiskan — September 23, 2013 @ 6:32 am | Reply


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