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GREEN MAN

 

 

 

 

 

A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings. "The Green Man" is also a popular name for English public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

GREEN MAN

 

 

 

 

 

A Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings. "The Green Man" is also a popular name for English public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

comments (17)

This is the most unusual green man I think I've seen! smile
Chris: This is what can be described as making further use of the creeper I've just pruned Elizabeth. As you can see it runs riot in summer..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jul 2015, 05:54
This Green Man has a nice Christian name and reminds me of King Barbarossa whose beard is said to continue growing longer and longer and longer - According to the story, his red beard has grown through the table at which he sits. A funny selfie!
Chris: This is the creeper outside the back of the house Philine. I was ordered by my domestic line manager to prune it before I go to Cornwall today..
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Jul 2015, 05:56
Different, but you have certainly caught the spirit, Chris. Enjoy Cornwall
Chris: I am looking forward to the experience Lisl
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Jul 2015, 06:18
This is a very fine Green Man, Chris.

Where did you discover it?
Chris: I bought it on Ebay Ray - a bargain!
You can't get much greener than that Tiff. Did you get Bill to 'adjust' the quality of the picture?
Chris: It is thanks to his influence that I have managed to produce a picture of this quality Chad
You have appropriately captured the spirit and trust of Green Men everywhere, Sir Chris. Congratulations...and totally enjoy your trip in Cornwall this week. Say HI to Pauline.
Chris: I will indeed Ginnie
Have you been reading the Northerner's Guide to Photoshop by Mr Michael Shaw (No relation to Sandie)
Chris: I have been influenced by a number of Shutterchancers in my quest to achieve this level of quality
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jul 2015, 07:54
Thank you, O Wise One. Already I have leant something today. Are you about to do something with the green leaves in the microwave? Are those your plumms hanging on the door handle?
Chris: I would never hang my plums on the doorhandle lest I should leave without taking them with me..
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Jul 2015, 08:23
Did you get some PS lessons from Mr. Bill of Droitwich?
Chris: Yes I did Philine; he is my hero
  • Pauline
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Jul 2015, 10:26
I've not seen a green man like that before, Chris.
Chris: Good eh Pauline!
I identify with the green man and designed a wedding ring thus. I like this old cre8ive Chris who we rarely see anymore. Bravo.
Chris: I will try to be more creative as time progresses Mary
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Jul 2015, 11:45
Witnessed by the domestic line manager - a stressed out green man.
Chris: Being a good boy Louis, doing what he's told to do
your presentation of the green man is rather nice, Chris. i also like the green men from different parts of the world that grace the traffic lights.
Chris: They are all over the place in the UK Ayush
Did you find any strange mushrooms there by any chance...smile
Chris: No Frank, only the odd snail or two, that's all
A bald Green Man...hmmm...
Chris: BALD - cranially challenged please!!
Spooky!
Chris: Gardening Tom
  • Penny
  • Germany
  • 8 Jul 2015, 13:17
Brilliant! Actually I am lost for any more words!
Not sure why SC has decided I am in Germany....

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