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