View Full Version : Grotesque mask heads

03-14-2011, 03:21 PM
Found this on boing boing....might be useful as ornament (don't what the copyright restrictions are).


03-14-2011, 03:30 PM
Those are awesome. I can see those being used in a inset or a border. They were published in 1555 so I don't know what that means for copyright. Thanks for finding those Ravs :)

03-14-2011, 04:20 PM
The originals are certainly public domain but these are posted on flikr with CC-BY so thats cery liberal anyways. Most of these masks appear to be similar to a wierd thing in UK churches. Someone knowledgeable about history might tell me about non UK churches but there was a fad of putting "Green Men" around the tops of churches. I dont know if it was to ward off spirits or attract them... maybe ill head to wikipedia... Theres certainly loads and loads of references to them if you need more.

Edit -- yes here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_men and quite a few in the gallery there too.

03-14-2011, 05:33 PM
Totally following this person XD

03-15-2011, 12:29 AM
Cool stuff. I was just thinking about looking for those carved things on the front of ships but green men can work just as well...ooo maybe some gargoyles from churches.

Steel General
03-15-2011, 07:42 AM
Nice find Ravs!