Sculpture 33: flight

Putto, St Mary’s, Tenby

And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest! (Hamlet Act V Scene 2)

A rather fierce-looking 17th-century putto by the vestry in the south aisle of the chancel in St Mary’s church, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the counterpart perhaps of this one in St Edmund’s, Crickhowell, Powys

Collective nouns for angels include ‘choir’ and ‘host’, but I rather like Shakespeare’s term ‘flights of angels’ as spoken by Horatio in Hamlet, particularly apt in this gallery of winged sculptures from the medieval to the 20th century


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