Sunday, January 13, 2013

Carving

I happened upon this sandstone carving on a home on Spadina Rd which was built in the late 1890s. I can't figure out what is going on in this guy's mouth  - 2 cigars at once!? It is so nice to see the detail work which was put into these carvings during those times.

13 comments:

Sharon said...

That is a beautiful piece. At first I didn't see the face until you mentioned his mouth. That is unusual. I'm going to say it's two carrot sticks. That's a little more healthy than cigars.

llandudnopictures said...

He doesn't look very comfortable, whatever he's doing!

Jackie/Jake said...

To me he looks like he is puffing but can't figure out what it's supposed to be.

Deb said...

Reminds me of the Green Man type of carving. Take a look here to see a green man disgorging vegetation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man

Jack said...

What a cool carving! I sure can't figure out what is in his mouth.

Randy said...

It is beautiful and that is an unusual face.

EG CameraGirl said...

Intricate carving. I think he has over-sized buck teeth.

hamilton said...

I see a few pigeons have happened upon this as well...
maybe it is two straws?

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It almost looks as if it might have been designed to be a fountain Pat, and that is the hole for the hose, its a mystery, but a lovely carving nonetheless.

Halcyon said...

Odd detail, but I love finding these kinds of things. Too bad they don't do work like this anymore.

ArtandArchitecture-SF.com said...

Fascinating.

William Kendall said...

Isn't a pan flute a double shape?

Excellent carving!

JM said...

Beautiful detail!