Anglian Beasts

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Anglian Beasts Breedon-on-the-Hill anglo saxon carving

 

These animal figures are from about 800AD are of of Mercian manufacture, influenced by Celtic and Mediterranean art. Originally part of the fabric of the 9th century monastery these stone blocks have now been embedded into the interior walls of the church. The lion-like figure with an owlish face is known as the Anglian Beast. Along side it are friezes that would originally have been on the outside of the church. These consist of beasts biting each other and a group of birds.

 

Anglian Beasts Breedon-on-the-Hill anglo saxon carving

 

Anglian Beasts Breedon-on-the-Hill