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about 1905-1915
Crucifixion with Mary and John. Symbols of the four evangelists on the arms of the cross. Rood beam decorated with a large fish. Details picked out in red paint.

medium: wood
technique: carved, painted

artist: J. C. Hawes

Church of St David, Caldey Island
above the chancel arch

The large fish on the rood beam may be intended as a representation of Leviathan, the Old Testament monster of the deep, possibly here representing the powers of death and Hell, overcome by the sacrifice of Christ.


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Thomas Lloyd, Julian Orbach and Robert Scourfield, The Buildings of Wales: Pembrokeshire (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2004), p. 139.


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