Image of the feature "III. Exterior Features: 3. Exterior Decoration: c. Corbel tables, corbels: Corbels on N wall of nave" at Garton-on-the-Wolds.
by Rita Wood.
N wall of nave
NN1 and NN2: Animal masks with plenty of teeth; NN1 has its teeth apart, NN2 shows its tongue between them.
NN3: A human-like face, but with pointed ears, compare NN2. Two delicate hands clasp the mouth or neck.
NN4: A head similar to CS 1.
NN5: A mask similar to NN2, but with mouth shut.
NN6: A mask with open mouth.
NN7: A muzzled mask.
NN8: A mask with mouth perhaps held open by two small hands and arms. It has no teeth and something in its mouth. Tongue? Human face?
NN9: The main face shows an animal coming from the L, with its two front legs across the stone, and a lance coming from upper R to enter its mouth. The E face of the corbel shows the animal complete, it is a winged dragon, perhaps with further coils of its body on the downward face of the corbel. The W face of the corbel shows an armed man, forcing the lance into the mouth of the dragon and holding a conical shield in his L hand. There could be a wing on his back; the clothing is odd, he could be almost naked, except the raised R arm has a wide sleeve. This corbel could have been copied as CS11.
NN10: The figure of a man facing R extends over the main face and the downward face of the corbel. He appears to be naked, and perhaps he has his mouth open, as if shouting. He has his R arm raised, this is on the E face, where an animal faces away from the man and towards the church. On the W face, the other hand of the man is also raised, it is holding a small roundish object. An animal with two round ears, two front paws and perhaps two back legs, not clearly preserved, faces the man.
NN11: A mask
NN12: On the main face, a man with an axe leans over from the L; he stands on the E face wearing a tunic. At the bottom of the main face and on the downward surface, are the legs and bodies of two people, which continue onto the W face, where they embrace.
NN13-16: Masks. NN16 has an odd chin, is it a beard, or something hanging out of the mouth?
NN17: A symmetrical pattern formed of sparsely foliated trails.
NN18: A mask with pointed head.