A Green Man Variant? Beasts Emerging From Mouth Or Ears – And Sirens!

Sculptures from France, England, Germany and Italy with monsters emerging from mouth or ears, form a linked unity that mirrors the Green Man image.  In the Dauphiné, a series of frescos in the Abbey Church of Saint Chef show similar images linked to representations of sirens that are found in Romanesque sculpture and other media.  In Italy we can see similar images in mosaic.  Perhaps the source for all these images may be traced to Roman mosaics representing the god Okeanos.

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