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Human heads occasionally appear, with their tongues or beards lying across the angle roll of the arch, as at Lincoln Cathedral, while on the chancel arch at Tickencote (Rutland) a rich variety of human, animal, monstrous and even foliate forms are given the beakhead treatment (Figure 1).(1) Beakheads appear in Romanesque sculpture in the British Isles, as well as in Anjou, Normandy and northern Spain.

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": Derbforgaill and the Nuns’ Church at Clonmacnoise', HA King (ed), Clonmacnoise Studies II (1998), 175-207 3 Zarnecki & Henry (1957-58), 17 4 Zarnecki & Henry (1957-58), 20 5 R Baxter & S Harrison, 'The Decoration of the Cloister at Reading Abbey', L Keen & E Scar (eds), Windsor: Medieval Archaeology, Art and Architecture of the Thames Valley (British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions XXV, 2002), 302-12. Exhibition catalogue, Arts Council of Great Britain, Hayward Gallery, London, 1984, 174 6 Zarnecki & Henry (1957-58), 25 7 Zarnecki notes the Aldhelm, De Laude Virginitatis (Lambeth Palace 200, f70r) 8 Zarnecki & Henry (1957-58), 22 9 On Roger of Salisbury, see R Stalley, 'A Twelfth-century Patron of Architecture.

A study of the buildings erected by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury 1102-1139’, Journal of the British Archaeological Association 1971, 62-83 10 English Romanesque Art 1066-1200, p174 11 G Zarnecki, Romanesque Lincoln: The Sculpture of the Cathedral, Lincoln, 1988, 16-19 12 TA Heslop, Norwich Castle Keep: Romanesque Architecture and Social Context, Norwich, 1994, 8 13 Heslop, 1994, 34, 70 14 N Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Berkshire, Harmondsworth, 1966, 75 (described the decoration as beakhead 'planned, but not carried out') 15 Bernard of Clairvaux, , 2004 RON BAXTER is the Research Director of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain & Ireland, based at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

The rounded head of a beast is carved upside-down on the inner angle with a pair of scalloped leaves issuing from its mouth (Figure 4).

Further decoration is often carved between the leaves: a pinecone, or sometimes a second head.

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