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View of headstone, soul makes top shape, Green Man below on drape. Janet Liwd + 1712.

B 4102/8

Description View of headstone, soul makes top shape, Green Man below on drape. Janet Liwd + 1712.

Date 1988

Collection Betty Willsher

Catalogue Number B 4102/8

Category Photographs and Off-line Digital Images

Copies SC 548918

Scope and Content West face of 'The Bowden Skull' gravestone, Bowden Church, Scottish Borders Several headstones within the churchyard display a very high quality of craftsmanship, indicating that the parish of Bowden had access to a highly skilled mason in the first half of the 18th century. A finely carved winged cherub symbolises the heavenward ascent of the soul of the departed, its head and wings forming the stone's pediment. Holding a swag or ribbon in his mouth, the cat-like Green Man is a symbol of renewal and regeneration in Paradise. Sometimes grotesque, cat-like or human, the foliate face of the Green Man appears in many medieval churches across Britain. Only in post-Reformation Scotland does the Green Man appear as a gravestone ornament, copied from those in churches and abbeys. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

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Collection Level (551 22) Papers of Betty Willsher, historian, St Andrews, Scotland

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