Southern Gargoyles

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I can’t believe it’s been almost two months since I posted any gargoyles! I’ve been taking photos, but haven’t been blogging them due to work/time/patience restraints. I think it’s definitely time to rectify this! The stone sentries you’ll be seeing today are my southern gargoyles, and while I could make some sort of analogy about the rough state of some of them, the reality is that they’re simply the gargoyles on the southern wall of the Pandhof.

First up is our wavy-haired friend above. His face may be a bit weathered — wear sunscreen, folks! — but his hair still looks fabulous!

Our next fellow really does seem appropriate for the southern wall, as he does have a bit of the yokel about him. I shall call him Cletus.
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One of the particularly interesting things about Cletus is that he seems to be sitting on an upside down head. I know it’s not usually polite to stare between someone’s legs, but when there’s a whole head there, I think you can be excused for looking.
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Our next watery friend is rather handsome in a winged kind of way. He’s got wing-like ears and a set of rather fancily curved proper wings, too.
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Unfortunately, the next two have seen better days. In fact, they seem to be missing most of their heads now, so they’re not seeing much at all! Spare a moment of silence for our two wounded waterspouts.
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Finally, we have our winged cow. I’m familiar with the saying “when pigs fly”, but “when cows fly” is a new one for me.
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Or maybe it’s just the angle. From this angle, Bessie the Cow looks a bit more like Winston the Wolf.
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So there you have it, the southern wall of the Pandhof and the gargoyles spread along it.
Southern Wall

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13 thoughts on “Southern Gargoyles

  1. The sitting on a head thing is interesting. Is it a devil reference do you think – he/it was supposed to have a head on his rear, connected with the ‘devil’s kiss’, you know everything in reverse??

  2. I like the winged one best… detail! … but why one of them is sitting on someone’s head? not a clue…ooh a mystery! if you find out why it’s depicted like that I’d love to know the reason!

  3. It does look like a winged cow, as he (she? otherwise it would be a bull, surely?) has got hooves. Love the little stories you make up for them πŸ™‚ (btw what on earth is a yokel????)

    • They’ve got so much personality, I figure they should have some sort of story to go with them. πŸ™‚ As for yokel, technically it means “an uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside”. It’s one of those words that is hard to define without understanding the cultural element. “Slack-jawed yokel” is a common phrase, which seems to fit Cletus. πŸ˜‰

      • Thanks, never heard that one before πŸ™‚ In Dutch I’d translate that as “boerenpummel” (boeren as in farmer, pummel means something along the lines of yokel, or a bumpkin or something).

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