26: Green Man roof boss
Canterbury Cathedral, Black Prince's chantry. c.1350
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Original stone finish (26)

This is a particularly graceful example of the green man, sometimes called "Jack o' the Green". The carving is exquisitely done, with a subtlty and purity of line that gives the piece an uncluttered and deceptively simple appearance. It is an astonishing piece of design, and almost certainly is the work of the same mason who carved its neighbouring green lion (No. 74).

The green man symbol pre-dates Christianity and probably represents fertility. He is associated with the traditional Maypole and Morris dancing. Having been adopted by Christianity, green men in various forms can be found carved in almost every English cathedral.

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Red Antique finish (26R)

Jack o' The Green finish (26GR)

Bronze finish (26A)

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