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English medieval wood carving - church pew decoration
English 15th century medieval wood carving - likely a bench end, the wooden end panel of a church pew. Bench ends were highly decorated with carvings, ranging from religious symbols to heraldic shields, to political lampoons and were frequently capped by a carved wooden finial known as a poppy-head, though the design might be anything from grotesque beasts to saints...
circa 15th century
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection