Sunday seems an appropriate day to be tidying up my pictures of Suffolk churches and organising them into galleries. I have now passed the 350 mark of churches photographed and am having to travel further from home to reach ‘new’ medieval churches. Perhaps it’s time to have something of a break and come back to this in a few months. All these galleries are available via an obvious home page link – be sure to then scroll upwards when you select an individual church, especially for ones lower down the alphabetical list.
Here is one of the most interesting objects I have come across recently.
A female figure with her skirt hitched up showing a leg. She seems to be holding an owl. There is certainly something misogynistic about her portrayal. Most likely it is a c 17th century depiction of a witch. Presumably the owl would be her ‘familiar’ or imp. It probably started off in private hands and somehow ended up Thrandeston church along with other carved figures of a more religious kind.
My second recent highlight is this medieval wall painting in Hessett church of the Seven Deadly Sins. Pride, the greatest of all sins is at the top, a male figure looking quite the dandy.