Here in the Berkshires, the hallway between the living room and our porch holds a modest collection Green Men. These foliate faces fascinate me. Above, on the right, is a gold painted wooden replica of a Green Man in Norwich Cathedral in the UK.
I saw this in the Cathedral gift shop in 1997 but passed it by. Fast forward to 2005, I was back in Norwich Cathedral again and ready to buy this to start a collection of Green Men. The Cathedral is famous for polychrome roof bosses, little wooden sculptures at the joins of the ceiling banding (technical term). Check them out at:
Why is this man smiling when there are leaves growing out of his face? Green Men are sometimes just a face looking through a lot of foliage or fully adorned with leaves such as this rather otherwise realistic man.
A replica of a wooden Green Man, dare I say he is a little older? This one is in a kind of resin and came from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan with an accompanying book. The Arts and Crafts Movement of the 19C saw a revival of interest in this motif.
The more unusual and unexpected images make the most interesting Green Men. This is a contemporary sculpture by Australian artist Graham Wilson featuring Australian foliage. Really delightful.