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#4031: Crypt Capital: Odin?

Photo 4031: Crypt Capital: Odin? - Gloucester Cathedral

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4031
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Title
Crypt Capital: Odin?
Caption
Carved capital in the Romanesque crypt (1087) of Gloucester Cathedral. Most of the crypt capitals have a simple stiff-leaf motif, but this interesting one depicts a man's face with large eyes and a very long mustache. His identity is unknown, but similar figures can be seen throughout northern Europe. One theory is that he is the old Viking god Odin, carved to hedge bets in case the old gods should turn out to be the true ones.
Geotag
51.867297° N, 2.246447° W
Uploaded
January 6, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600