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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 45 1933  page 8
THE SCULPTURED ORNAMENT OF THE SOUTH DOORWAY OF BARFRESTON CHURCH. By the Rev. A. H. Collins, M.A.

strongly confirmed by the subject being combined at Trani in Apulia with the dream of Jacob, and at Souillac with his being blessed by the Angel. A companion scene to this may also appear on our medallion (22). These figures are upside down in comparison with (15) to (19) and may have been intended for the other side of the doorway. It is obvious that this subject is different from the grotesques embracing at Kilpeck, Hereford, where the faces are side by side and the mouths touching.
   (21) An Archbishop enthroned, wearing mitre, dalmatic and pall. The arms and legs of the fore-part of the throne are the heads and legs of beasts. The mitre is triangular in shape, with one horn in the centre, a development from the earlier mitre carved, e.g. at Riccall, Yorkshire, which is a sort of cap with two points above the eyes. The Barfreston mitre is decorated by a vertical line of sunk dots in the centre meeting similar dots round the lower edge. The infulae fall down on the shoulders. The mitre has scarcely 

reached medieval size. The chasuble and pall are arranged between open knees. The pall has three visible crosses placed vertically, one on the collar and two on the tail. The two bands which look like pierced garters beneath the knees are in Mr. Aymer Vallance’s opinion the bottom of the dalmatic, its ornament being suggested by the little dotted holes. No amice collar is apparent. The Archbishop is wearing a beard and moustache. The hands are almost lost and there is no trace of feet. Can we identify the Archbishop here’? I would suggest that he is St. Thomas a Becket rather than any successor such as Baldwin.
   An enquiry from the Rev. C. Eveleigh Woodruff, and from Mr. A. B. Emden, Principal of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, has produced no certain literary proof that Becket wore a beard, though his successor St. Edmund of Abingdon certainly had one. Mr. Emden replies however that all the

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