The Carvings on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

I wandered around the Church of St Suliau in Sizun, camera in hand, peering upwards and into nooks and crannies, and I just loved all the little figures and carvings. I found the ‘siren maiden’ several times – could this be Suliau’s widowed sister-in-law, Mayarme, who pursued him for marriage? Or is it Eve, in the form of a serpent? Or a Mermaid? Or even a Serpent-Woman?

Siren on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Siren on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Siren on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Siren on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Fearful demons including this pair over a doorway: on the left a lion and on the right a sagittarius – signs of the zodiac and the symbols of summer and autumn, it has been suggested.

Carvings on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Carvings on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lions on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lions on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lions on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lions on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lion/lizard on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lion/lizard on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lion? on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Lion? on the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

And then there are the good guys, the angels.

And the dragons, just like the dragons on the end of the beams inside the church.

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The frieze around the outside of the Church, on the north and east sides, is remarkable. There are animals (pigs, foxes and dogs chasing chickens, rabbits, whales), fantastic masks, dragons, and the fishy maiden.

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And watching us is the ‘philosopher’, rather like the head on the Ossuary of Lampaul-Guimiliau.

The Philosopher, the Church of St Suliau, Sizun

Now it is time to go into the Church, and on the arch of the South Porch…

Further information
Sirens & Demons
The Carvings