Smithstown Castle (Clare)

A remarkable window-top from the 15th century
which was in typical Irish fashion originally interpreted as a mason's hammer !
Carvings of disembodied male genitals feature on the corbels of some churches in the West of France
and NW Spain.
The motif on the right might be a spider's web, symbolising the snares of sin.

Compare with an end-stop carving on a window of Colsterworth church in Lincolnshire.

photograph by Tina Negus



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