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A large sandstone garden statue of a male wildman that would have originally stood at approximately 1.8 m tall. All that remains is the torso, upper legs, upper left arm and upper and lower right arm. The figure is naked and is featured in a slight contrapposto position with the left leg slightly forwards and both legs wide apart. The chest is quite narrow in proportion to the hips but the pectorals and ribs are defined, and there is shallowly inscribed hair detail across the chest. Remains of a long beard on the chest and a thick raised wavy strand of long hair is on each shoulder going along the upper arm, and a further one down the back of the body. The right arm is bent at the elbow at 90 degrees, the arm was originally raised. The left arm is broken halfway down the upper arm, but the arm projects from the body at a 45 degree angle, drawn slightly back from the body.
Traces of a dark green paint on a white ground are visible on the leaves. Further traces of a white paint or ground are visible between the legs.
Identified as a representation of a 'wild man' which appears on the Middleton family arms holding an oak tree. One of a pair (with LI.2002.29), they were originally sited on the entrance gateposts to the seventeenth century Belsay Castle garden as shown in an engraving dating to 1728. Originally held an 'oak tree' in the hand.
H 95 x W 57 x D 35 cm