Synagoga
from Church and Synagogue

  Synagoga    from    Church and Synagogue

Photo © Martin Crampin, Imaging the Bible in Wales

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1870

Carved corbels.

medium: stone
technique: carved

artist: W. Clarke & Sons

Church of St Margaret, Roath, Cardiff
either side of the chancel arch

Similar pair of heads at Llandaff Cathedral. Prichard's sculptors at St Margaret's were Clarke and Son of Llandaff.

Heads represent the Jewish and Christian faiths. The bound and gagged Synagogue is symbolic of the Jewish faith being blind and deaf to the revelation of God in the person of Christ, whilst Church symbolises the hope and joy of Christianity. Ultimately derived from medieval examples, e.g. Chartres (glass).



 

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