Buxhall's demons




He may be a demon - he may not, but that is a face that only a mother could love.
The image is exaggerated, the noise sharply pointed and the teeth bared. His ear protrudes like a handle from the back of his head and the eyes are lidded and lined. As for the hair - well that's just something else!

 
In short, he is totally different from some of the other presentations of people you can find on church walls. Take this chap for example - being a neighbour on the very next pillar along, but totally different. Much more realistic, and in possession of a very firm jaw. He's reliable looking, sober, sporting a fine hat (which looks like a burgundian hood). Now that's a face you could take home to your mother, not like the first punk I showed you.




This one has the same eyes as the first face, but has a cross scratched over it. This brings to mind something that Matt Champion mentioned in his lecture on medieval graffiti. That sometimes demons are pinned to walls with five pointed stars....

                      and I wondered - was this a personal demon pinned to the wall with a cross?





Once you let them in they start coming at you from all over the place. Buxhall is a gallery of eyes, watching, waiting.


They come in all sizes too; this medium one is easy to miss, but really he is just a smaller version of his brother next to him. Same collar, same shaped head and family nose. Same intent?


Whereas this face is tiny, just a few centimetres high, sadly still hollow eyed. Staring blankly out to left field, unblinking through the limewash. I'm finding it infernally difficult to get the scale to stick - the lime sucks out all moisture and leaves powder all over everything. The scale clatters to the floor again and I don't really want to turn my back on the faces to pick it up.


Some of them have the audacity to look forwards, and stare you down defiantly.  
This one almost has a cartoon quality yet still manages a modicum of menace. I think it is the flat line of the mouth that does it.
 
The face on the left has another cross over his face and is positioned just below a protection mark of concentric circles. The hat  is curious... a pointed head and a skullcap.  I make a mental note to keep an eye open for this kind of headgear.
However, I'm going to finish with this couple. They are surveying the scene from quite high on the pillar. One is definitely an older chap. He has wild tufts of hair in male pattern baldness and is looking over the shoulder of the other person. Now you would think that his companion is a female figure with those loose locks, but the hair is a problem. Hair was usually under a coif, and although there is a cap, female hair would have been braided and hidden, not left loose. I can't place the costume either.

That's fine, I'll add it to the research.