30/52 – Oxford (1) Detail – Human Form

I went to visit a good friend of mine in Oxford over the bank holiday weekend. I’ve only really visited Oxford for work purposes in the past, and I really enjoyed being a tourist and getting to know this beautiful city better.

It would seem that architectural detail is a bit of a fad of mine at the moment, so please forgive another selection of architectural posts so hot on the heels of the London ones. But Oxford’s colleges are adorned with so many lovely and curious details that I couldn’t resist.

The first shot is one of the stone heads that sit atop the railings around the Sheldonian Theatre, another Wren masterpiece. Commonly known as ‘The Emperors’, they are in fact based on the Roman god, Terminus, whose face adorned boundary markers. The second image shows how the soft oolitic limestone of Oxford’s building wears down. I spotted this weathered face of a king to one side of a gateway. Lastly, looking down on Oxford from the cupola of the Sheldonian, a series of statues of vacant-eyed, yet happy ladies (angels or muses?) perched on a rooftop playing musical instruments caught my eye.

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Terminus statue, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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Weathered face of a King, Oxford. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Trumpeting angel on a rooftop, Oxford. Copyright Fiona Michie.
Trumpeting angel on a rooftop, Oxford. Copyright Fiona Michie.
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