36: Wyverns, bi-corporates, birds & foliage roof boss
Salisbury Cathedral, cloisters. c.1250
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Original stone finish (36)

Bi-corporates are beasts having two bodies sharing one head and are often depicted devouring a severed head. Wyverns are winged dragons with only one pair of legs and are a common subject in roof boss carving they are often depicted with their tails ending as foliage or a vine. Sometimes they appear to be eating their own tails, possibly symbolising eternal life. The birds appear to be ducks and the foliage bears fruit which could be either pine cones or corn cobs.

See our Medieval Zoo pages for more information on these and other mythical creatures.

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Jack o' The Green finish (36GR)

Bronze finish (36A)

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