Cistercian Abbey, Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny, exterior - cloister, pier - figural carving
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Description:Photograph by Roger Stalley. View of the cloister showing 'dumb-bell' pier with water-holding base and figural carving. The 'dumb-bell' pier, here with round pseudo-colonnettes, later became a standard feature of Irish cloister designs. The foreground pier depicts an ecclesiastical figure, an abbot or bishop, arrayed in liturgical vestments, bearing a crosier in his left hand and his right hand raised in blessing. Beneath his feet, between the bases of the piers, is a carved grotesque and the left corner of the base shows foliate carving. The background pier shows a stiff-leaf carved capital.
Title of Larger Entity:Cistercian Abbey, Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny.
Author: Stalley, Roger
Type of material:Image
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Keywords:pier base, water-holding base, colonette, dumb-bell pier, cloister walk, stiff-leaf foliage, foliate capital, foliate ornament, crosier, grotesque carving, liturgical vestments, figural carving