Two Medieval Carved Limestone 'Hunky punks' or Church Grotesques in the form of Hybrid Dragons
Two Medieval Carved Limestone 'Hunky punks' or Church Grotesques in the form of Hybrid Dragons

Two Medieval Carved Limestone 'Hunky punks' or Church Grotesques in the form of Hybrid Dragons

1200 to 1400 England

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Two Medieval Carved Limestone ‘Hunky punks’ or Church Grotesques in the form of Hybrid Dragons
13 – 14 th Century

Size : 33 cm high , 33 cm wide – 13 ins high , 13 ins wide
Provenance : Ex English , Somerset collection
These grotesque church carvings are known in the West Country as 'Hunky Punks' . They occur on many of the exterior walls of the local churches especially those in the Somerset Levels . It is thought that masons would carve them working on each 'new' church in the area in turn .
Having their roots in both pagan mythology and Christian symbolism these stone dragons act as spiritual scarecrows intended to scare away the devil with a taste of his own monstrosity .

Dimensions
Height 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Width 33.00 cm (12.99 inches)
Medium
limestone
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