Carved Oak Roof Boss
Carved Oak Roof Boss

Carved Oak Roof Boss

c. 1470 to c. 1530 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons


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Of nearly square form, and carved with an owl perched upon an encircling wrythen fruiting vine.

Traditionally, the owl has been used to symbolise wisdom, a link which descends from Ancient Greece. Athena, the goddess of wisdom and patron goddess of the city-state of Athens (which was noted for its art and scholarship), had the owl as her symbol.

PROBABLY SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND, late 15th/early 16th Century
Bibliography: Square carved oak bosses are also found in Congresbury in Somerset, and Sampford Courtenay in Devon. See C. J. P. Cave, 'Bosses in Medieval Churches' (1948), Figures 73 - 76 [Congresbury] & Figures 182 - 185 [Sampford Courtenay].
Height 21.50 cm (8.46 inches)
Width 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QP

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