Pair of ‘Green Man’ Carved Oak Trusses
Pair of ‘Green Man’ Carved Oak Trusses

Pair of ‘Green Man’ Carved Oak Trusses

c. 1650 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons


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The ‘Green Man’: The ‘Green Man’ is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, the Green Man is frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings.

The symbolism of the motif of the Green Man remains elusive as many variations can be found in cultures around the world, although the motif is often related to natural woodland deities. The Green Man appears in a variety of guises and moods. However, the most common interpretation of the Green Man is that of a pagan nature spirit, a symbol of man’s reliance on and union with nature, primarily interpreted as symbolising rebirth and the renewed cycle of growth each spring.
Height 28.50 cm (11.22 inches)
Width 35.50 cm (13.98 inches)
Depth 20.50 cm (8.07 inches)
Stock Code
Carved Oak
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

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