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The Mermaid

A medieval bench-end from Zennor Church, Cornwall

The Mermaid

A medieval bench-end from Zennor Church, Cornwall

comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Not Germany...
  • 7 May 2018, 00:46
It looks ancient, Lisl...I recognise that look in the mirror some mornings...
Lisl: It is supposed to be dated between 1400 and 1500, Ray
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 7 May 2018, 03:56
i've never seen anything this old in real life

of course since i've only been in the states, that makes sense, right ?

wonderful to view it through your lens
Lisl: One of my passions in life is to look round ancient churches and find what treasures they have. This Church dates back to the 12th Century, but the Mermaid probably to the 15th Century
It's so dark - is it wood? It's quite a carving!
Lisl: It is indeed, almost sure to be oak
Bizarre de voir une sirène dans une église.
Lisl: She is based on a local legend, Martine
They don't make 'em like that anymore, Lisl, do they!
Lisl: The certainly don't, Ginnie. Do you remember seeing this?
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 May 2018, 05:56
What a beautiful find, Lisl. I read your replies and this is old. Did you also know the story.....
Lisl: According to Wiki - The mermaid had come to church every Sunday to hear the choir sing, and her own voice was so sweet that she enticed Mathey Trewella, son of the churchwarden, to come away with her; neither was seen again on dry land. The famed "mermaid chair" was the same bench on which the mermaid had sat and sung, opposite Trewella in the singing loft
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 May 2018, 07:26
Wonderful isn't it, a mermaid at repose
Lisl: As good as a Green Man, Chris
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 May 2018, 07:58
I like the crudeness of this Lisl, but it looks as if it has suffered so,e sort of fire at some time.
Lisl: I think it is just the colour of ancient oak, Chad - it is at least 500 years old
If it could only talk. What tales it could tell
Lisl: If only, Bill.......
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 May 2018, 09:56
The mermaid looks as if she can devour an octopus. Great shot.
Lisl: Perhaps she can, Louis
Which work of artist. It is the first time when I see a sculptured bench.
Lisl: There are may medieval bench-ends in the South-West of England. I have quite a collection of photographs of them. I will send you some
A fine old item of carving, I like the story you told Astrid.
Lisl: I always visit the Mermaid when I am in the area, Brian
It certainly looks ancient!
Lisl: She's had a long and interesting life, I bet
It is certainly polished well which lets us see the detail quite well. What an age.
Lisl: Looks good for another 500+ years, Mary
It really does look ancient, Elisabeth.
Lisl: It is a strange feeling being next to it, and thinking of its carver all those years ago
this has to be the fiercest mermaid i have ever seen, Lisl. or am i looking at it wrong?
Lisl: I think she is just worn and battered with age, Ayush
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 May 2018, 22:29
I can imagine that this is at least as old as the church.
Lisl: I think the Church can give it at least 400 years, Alan!
Still in use? It would be a pity to ruin it
Lisl: No one sits on it today - it is too precious

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