A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle
A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle
A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle
A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle
A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle
A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle

A large medieval carved limestone long fingered mouth puller gargoyle

c. 1490 England

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Also known as a 'mouth gaper' this type of gargoyle is thought to represent the sin of gluttony or possibly allude to, as with other examples, 'face pulling' or gurning, a common medieval competition!

This gargoyle, a word derived from the French 15th century word 'Gargouille' (throat), is a hybrid, possibly a griffin or a harpie. It is of an unusually large scale and in good condition considering its age, being both intentionally grotesque, to ward of evil spirits, and practical, as a gutter to throw water clear of Church/Cathedral walls.
Good, commensurate with age
Collection of Peter Inskip M.B.E.
Acquired from an unknown Church in 1959 by Mr E. Clayson of Harrold - a builder who worked on several Churches in North Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire.
Dimensions
Height 37.00 cm (14.57 inches)
Width 52.00 cm (20.47 inches)
Depth 71.00 cm (27.95 inches)
Stock Code
11731/GSO
Medium
Limestone
Architectural Heritage Ltd.

Architectural Heritage Ltd.
Taddington Manor
Taddington
Nr. Cutsdean
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 5RY

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