Guardian Bird of Saint Dunstan’s Relics


Guardian Bird of Saint Dunstan’s Relics. (The relic here is the devils nose in a cage) . More details below.


The Guardian Birds were made for an exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey in 2017-18. They are double headed eagles who were originally symbolic of protection (before being used as symbols of patriotism by different countries)

My Guardian Birds look after the precious relics that were apparently in abundance in the Abbey during the Medieval ages before the reformation.

The relics I have made are mostly playful analogies, comparing the Catholic tradition of the veneration of relics with modern day trends and culture and of souvenir gifts.

Saint Dunstan was a blacksmith at the Abbey and the story goes that while the devil tried to tempt him away from Christianity , Saint Dunstan took off his nose with his tongs.

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(cement structure, stained glass, hand gilded copper leaf glass, van gogh glass, shell rounds, hand painted eyes, copper gilded and distressed fimo clay, wire nose hairs, glass boils )

370mm(w) x 450mm (h)

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Weight 4 kg
Dimensions 45 × 37 × 20 cm


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