Bowcastle Carving


This triton too is helmeted with prominent upcast eyes, moustache, beard and luxuriant curls, and like the other he has a lower body covered in scales and foliage. His body is executed with scrolls, this time on his chest rather than at his shoulders, overlying prominent ‘breasts’. He has a ‘six-pack’ beneath which, his abdomen appears swollen, as in the case of the first putto, and his hips are also delineated by scrolls, which have a flat appearance very reminiscent of Jacobean strapwork, characterised by its flat projections. This triton therefore has a more ambiguously hermaphrodite appearance.