Treasury loose stone 2 (bust-length figure)

Image of the feature "VI. Loose Sculpture: 2. Bust-length relief figure" at Berkeley Castle.

by Ron Baxter.

The figure is carved in relief on a slab of dark grey, fine-grained sandstone, set into the wall of the Treasury.  The block was originally squared at the bottom, as is shown by the remains of a plain raised border with two steps at the interior lower left angle.  Both lower angles have suffered major losses, while the upper part of the block, including most of the head, is lost.  The parts of the figure that project most, the hands and forearms, are worn smooth, suggesting that the surface has been deliberately flattened to some extent for use as building stone.  The figure is shown frontally with both hands raised to grip the vee-shaped collar of his tunic, or the cord securing his cloak.  There are remains of a beard, but nothing above this survives of his head.  The drapery folds are shown by groups of parallel curves, with each fold consisting of a flat fillet with one curved edge defined by a groove.  These swathes of drapery overlap on the right shoulder (the left is damaged), and the drapery of the chest is marked by two sets of concentric loops, side by side.  The cuffs are decorated with beading, but this is the only ornament shown.  Raised features on the flat ground that survives above the right shoulder may be the remains of hair.

Dimensions

Max. height of block 0.18m
Max. width of block 0.25m