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Noah Window: 8: Giant?

An intriguing scene in which a man carrying a club, or possibly a shepherd's crook, speaks with a significantly smaller woman. The cathedral guide says only, "These medallions are very difficult to understand." One suggestion made by scholars is that it depicts Genesis 6:4: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown" (KJV). Panel 8 of the Noah Window, located at the west end of the north aisle, early 13th century.

Photo © Holly Hayes.