The History of Leith

October 5, 2007

Green Man

A Green Man as a name for a sculpture, drawing or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves was coined by Lady Raglan in 1939 [1]. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face, and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found on carvings in churches and other buildings (both secular and ecclesiastical). “The Green Man” is also a popular name for British public houses and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head. for more click here

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