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#4031: Crypt Capital: Odin?

Photo 4031: Crypt Capital: Odin? - Gloucester Cathedral

Photo Details

Photo ID
4031
Date
2007-10-15
Location
Gloucester Cathedral
Description
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.
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Resolution
4200 x 2809 px
File Size
7.93 MB
ISO
1600
Geotag
51.867297° N, 2.246447° W
Date Digitized
October 15, 2007
Date Uploaded
January 6, 2010
Credit
Holly Hayes