A Naive And Crudely Carved Wooden Fragment Showing Remnants Of Late Medieval Style Folk Art Graffiti
A Naive And Crudely Carved Wooden Fragment Showing Remnants Of Late Medieval Style Folk Art Graffiti.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the central area shows a grotesque head swallowing some form of creature, and theres what looks like a bat to the lower area.
Monsters were often used to define boundaries and to express a distinction between morality and sin – or conformity and nonconformity. Those perceived as sinful were often portrayed as physically deformed. Medieval artists often gave non-Christians exaggerated or deformed features, believing that their immorality could be expressed visually through monstrosity.
And, while it was often the rich who could afford to have themselves memorialised in written records. It was through graffiti that the lower orders could express how they were feeling and what they may have been experiencing at the time. With most illiterate, imagery was their only means of leaving their mark.
Measures 26cm x 8.5cm
Wood has been treated and protected.