THE GREEN MAN CHIMNEYPIECE:
A large well carved oak chimneypiece in the English Jacobean manner. The overmantel with four fluted columns topped by ornate capitals enclosing two rows of three panels, the central panel depicting the emotive Green Man Mask above a row of three Gothic niche. The fireplace frieze, flanked by similar fluted columns and capitals, is carved with Celtic strapwork. English, part 17th century, rebuilt in the early 19th century with matching elements.
Notes: The Green Man motif is usually depicted as a face surrounded by or made from leaves and sprouting branches or vines, surrounded by flowers or fruit. It often be found as a decorative architectural ornament or carving in churches. It has many variations and is found in many cultures from many ages around the world, He is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring.
Link to: Antique Renaissance, Gothic Tudor Fireplace mantels and Chimneypieces: 1260 - 1600