Bucranium - now I bet that is a word you haven't heard before on a blog!!
A couple of weeks ago at Basildon Park I discovered a new word. Bucranium. Sorry I may have to say it a lot, I love a new word. Bucranium.
Now, you are probably thinking the woman has finally lost the plot, so let me explain a little more. This is a Bucranium.
It is an ancient Greek word meaning an ox skull. Oxen were sacred animals. They had garlands around them to represent the garlands the ox would have been draped in before they were sacrificed.
You can see the bucranium above on the frieze around the top of this stand.
All sorts of things jump out at you when you start looking for them, so I went on a little trip around Basildon Park looking for some more, and here are a few that I found.
The bucranium is the skull at the bottom of the picture.
Once I started looking, I also started seeing Ram's heads (not sure what if any the significance of these is).
Also I saw a fair few Caryatids. Caryatids are a female figure which is used as a pillar or support - you see them on ancient Greek and Roman buildings a lot.
(sorry, this one is a little fuzzy! it gives you the idea though)
Once you start looking for things it is amazing how many times they recur.
Now, I love quizzes! So, I am setting you a quiz to see if you can spot any carved pineapples in unusual places. This is not some random fruity choice, there is a reason (promise). Let me know what you find and where you spotted them and in a couple of weeks time I will reveal all. There is no prize, just a random quiz to encourage you to look out for recurring things.
Basildon Park know that I exist because I volunteer with them, but that is all. I am just sharing this with you because Basildon Park is part of what I do and love.