Corpus of misericords at Ely Cathedral

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Corpus of the misericords at Ely Cathedral

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NB01

The daughter of Herodias receiving the head of St. John the Baptist from the gaoler; The prison is in the background.

Left Supporter - Herod, Philip, and Herodias seated at a table, in front of which the daughter dances.

Right Supporter - the mother, crowned, receiving the head in a charger from her

NB02

Owl perched in a tree, holding a mouse with its foot.

Supporters -  foliage in which are small birds.

NB03

Man fallen down under trees, he holds a billet of wood in each hand

Left Supporter - man blowing horn.

Right Supporter - two men armed with swords and bucklers

NB04

Crowned king resting his head on his right hand, his left grasping the skirt of his mantle.

Supporters -  leaves and grapes.

NB05

Adam and Eve being driven out of the Garden of Eden by the angel with a large sword.

Left Supporter - Adam and a son digging.

Right Supporter - Eve spinning, cat playing with the yarn.

NB06

Seated man, hands on knees [modern]

Supporters -  leaves.

NB07

Man seated supporting bracket with one hand [Modern.]

Supporters -  foliage.

NB08

 Man sitting cross legged playing a fiddle [Modern.]

 Supporters -  oak- leaves and acorns.

NB09

Seated bearded man holding a scroll in front of him.

Supporters -  dragon in foliage.

NB10

King, crowned, seated supporting the bracket with his hands. [Modern.]

Supporters - rose and leaves.

NB11

Virgin with unicorn.[Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

NB12

Cowled monk kneeling with hands on knees. [Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

NB13

St Luke with ox, writing in book with pencil. Evangelistic symbol.[Modern.]

Supporters - vine- leaves

NB14

St Matthew seated figure reading book supported by an angel. Evangelistic symbol. [Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

NB15

St John robed figure with chalice and serpent’s head. Evangelistic symbol. [Modern.]

Supporters -  oak-leaves and acorns.

NB16

Pilgrim with staff, book, bag with six crosses, bottle and hat along his back.[Modern.]

Supporters -  vine-leaves.

NB17

Two women grinding corn, surrounded by cooking utensils.

Supporters -  leaves.

NB18

Mitred abbot with pastoral staff. [Modern.]

Supporters -  oak-leaves and acorns.

NB19

St Peter with book and keys. Evangelistic symbol. [Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

NH01

Two demi-angels

Supporters -  leaf. modern.

NH02

Two grotesque faces in foliage.

Supporters -  leaf.

NH03

Stag.

Left Supporter - huntsman winding his horn, carrying a bow on right shoulder and quiver of arrows.

Right Supporter - stag.

NH04

Man in long cloak leaning forward clasps his knees.

 Supporters -  leaves.

NH05

Man with two hounds in leash, a hare slung over his back.

 Left Supporter - boy with hound.

 Right Supporter - hare running into foliage.

NH06

Two lions issuing from foliage.

Supporters -  vine-leaves and foliage

NH07

Man bends forward, hands on knees, supporting brackets on his shoulders.

Supporters - foliage.

NH08

Woman seated looking through fork in tree, her arms are raised, supporting the brackets.

Supporters - stag browsing.

NH09

Bearded man in long tunic leaning forward, hands on knees.

Supporters -  lion biting itself.

NH10

Man in vine picking grapes.

Supporters -  vine-leaves and grapes.

NH11

Woman kneeling, hands clasped, confessing to seated man.

Left Supporter - skull wreathed in foliage.

Right Supporter - foliage.

NH12

Pelican in her piety.

Supporters -  flowers and foliage.

NH13

Man leaning on sword [or hammer].

Supporters -  oak-foliage.

NH14

Face in foliage.

Supporters -  oak-foliage.

NH15

Two wrestlers or tumblers, the upper one wearing a cap with ears to it.

              Supporters -  lion and griffin fighting.

NH16

Man wearing tight fitting cap and loose jerkin with his horse falling to the ground.  His hunting horn lies broken beside him.

Left Supporter - two dogs hunting hinds through a wood.

Right Supporter - woman in chapel praying before a small altar.

NH17

The capture of the unicorn.

Left Supporter -  knight with battleaxe sword and shield in background of oak leaves and foliage.

Right Supporter -  knight with staff and sword in background of oak leaves and foliage.

NH18

Two women seated side-by-side, hands on knees.

Supporters -  flowers.

NH19

Woman striking with her distaff at a fox running away with a goose.

Left Supporter - fox in monk’s cowl with pastoral staff in his hand preaching to a cock and two hens.

Right Supporter - man with a flail standing before a crop of wheat.

NH20

The temptation of Adam and Eve. The tree of knowledge stands in the centre and around it is twined the serpent with  a human head. Adam is about to eat an apple and holds another in his hand. Eve looks on.

Left Supporter - ape and two small quadrupeds in foliage.

Right Supporter - rabbit-warren with birds and foliage.

NH21

Seated woman, hands on knees.

Supporters -  leaves.

HN22

Man leaning forward, broken.

Supporters -  oak leaves and acorns.

NH23

Two hooded, bearded men throwing dice.

Left Supporter - woman seated on a bench, holding a spray of flowers.

Right Supporter - man in ling tunic, carrying a cup in one hand and a bottle in the other.

NH24

Man kneeling on one knee, and supporting the bracket with his hands.

Left Supporter - man playing a viol.

Right Supporter - dog lying curled up.

SB01

King, fully armed, riding and aiming a blow at a figure with a crutch behind him  [all head, no body]. {One of the hind legs of the horse has been broken off.} St. Martin?.

Left Supporter - Christ in the Act of Benediction [ head and orb gone]; two angels adoring on either side of swinging censers., background diapered.

Right Supporter - bishops in mitres exorcizing a female spirit out of a nude figure.

SB02

Tutivilus. Two Seated women; left one wears a chaplet and carries a rosary; the other has a book. The devil pokes his head between them and puts his arms round their necks.

Supporters -  small devil with scrolls in foliage

SB03

Man and woman riding a horse, she holds its tail, he grasps its mane. The horse has knocked down two men over whom

it tramples.

Left Supporter - two men.

Right Supporter - two women.

SB04

Two men, wearing long loose gowns wrestling.

Supporters -  leaves.

SB05

Ram under two oak-trees.

Supporters -  oak leaves

SB06

Seated monk with book. [Modern.]

Supporters -  oak-leaves and acorns.

SB07

Monk with rosary under tree [Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

SB08

Seated man. [Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

SB09

Old man wearing loose cap and supporting bracket with his left hand.

Supporters -  leaves.

BS10

Kneeling man.[Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

SB11

Bearded man squatting, head on one side.

Supporters -  ivy-leaves and fruit.

SB12

Seated hooded man. [ Modern.]

Supporters -  leaves.

SB13

Seated bearded man, hood drawn over head, and bending forward.

Supporters -  ivy-leaves.

SB14

Knight, fully armed with visor to his helmet, sword and battle-axe, kneeling on one knee. His body supporting the bracket.

Supporters -   leaves.

SB15

Seated man.

Supporters -   leaves.

SB16

Man and woman seated on the ground: he has his right thumb in her mouth; she strikes him in the face and kicks his knee.

Supporters -  grotesque lion with foliated tail.

SB17

Kneeling man, one hand behind head, the other on hip, is supporting the bracket.

Left Supporter - two rams fighting.

Right Supporter - eagle carrying off a lamb.

SH01

Two demi- angels supporting a shield.

Supporters -  oak leaves and acorns.

SH02

Two monks seated on bench.

Left Supporter - lion’s mask from which issues foliage.

Right Supporter - birds in foliage.

SH03

Noah looking out of the ark, which is three tiered.

Left Supporter - raven on carcass of ox.

Right Supporter - the dove flying to Noah with the olive branch.

SH04

Seated woman, leaning forward, hands raised to each side of her face.

Supporters -  ho[u]rse in oak-foliage.

SH05

Ape, with drapery over his shoulders and with long fingers to hands and feet, Supporting the bracket with his back.

Supporters -  winged dragon, the tails being a prolongation of the bracket moulding.

SH06

Seated woman in a chair, her hands resting on the heads of two hounds standing  One on each side of her.

Supporters -  ape in foliage.

SH07

Man grimacing, hands on knees and legs bent up behind him.

Supporters -  oak leaves.

SH08

Man with his arms round two monsters with serpents’ bodies

Left Supporter -  centaur playing pipe and tabor.

Right Supporter - female centaur playing dulcimer. Both supporters in foliage.

SH09

Seated long-haired, bearded man, legs crossed, with hands on knees.  

Supporters -  oak leaves.

SH10

Man and woman, both seated, man crosses right foot onto left knee.

SH11

Seated man, extended arms supporting bracket.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH12

Man squatting, [tumblers] arms under chin, head supporting the bracket.

Supporters -  lion biting itself.

SH13

Seated king and queen in voluminous drapery.

Supporters -  three birds with their heads towards the centre carving.

SH14

Crowned king on canopied throne.

Supporters -  figure kneeling in adoration.

SH15

Jester [body gone] standing in water.

Left Supporter - child riding a dog.

Right Supporter - dog taking child out of the water in its mouth.

SH16

Samson astride a lion, pulling its jaws open.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH17

Woman, nursing child whose arms are around her neck.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH18

Demon opening a man’s mouth, holding his beard, and trying to pull out a tooth.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH19

Squatting man, one arm raised above his head, the other supporting it.

Supporters -  ape in foliage.

SH20

Bear beneath a tree in which are two apes.

Supporters -  ape in foliage.

SH21

Monk and nun.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH22

Seated man leaning forward, his hands behind him.

Supporters -  foliage.

SH23

Two men seated, their heads resting on their hands.

Supporters -  foliage.

SB18

The Legend of St. Giles. Bearded man in a cave or cell, with an arrow in his knee, stooping and caressing a hind, and carrying a rosary in the other hand.

Supporters -  archer in foliage shooting at the hind.

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