Nook-shaft fragment with head and foliage.

Image of the feature "VI. Loose Sculpture: Carved fragment" at Eardisley.

by Ron Baxter.

A fragment of a nook-shaft with a portion of the adjoining jamb, of local sandstone, much weathered. It is carved with a human head, full-face, with large, bulging eyes. Only the upper part of the head survives. Around the head there are twining stalks of foliage with trefoil leaves. The fragment is clearly the upper section of a shaft from a doorway recognisable as the work of the Herefordshire School, resembling the shafts at Shobdon and Kilpeck. This is thus a precious remnant of an elaborate doorway from the second quarter of the 12thc.


dia. 0.17 - 0.20 m
h. 0.13 m