Six carved panels from Fetteresso Church are identified as originating from the workshop of John Fendour of Aberdeen. Their date and iconography suggests a connection with the visits of King James IV to his friend Patrick Paniter, vicar of Fetteresso. They are a remarkable survival of the Scottish Reformation, depicting two saints, a bare breasted mermaid and pigs dancing and playing the bagpipes. The contemporary context for this choice of images is explained, revealing a rare example of Scottish medieval bawdy humour.
|Title of host publication||Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Moray|
|Place of Publication||Abingdon|
|Publisher||Routledge Taylor & Francis Group|
|Number of pages||25|
|ISBN (Print)||9781138640672, 9781138640689|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Apr 2016|
|Event||Medieval Art and Architecture in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray: British Archaeological Association - Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
Duration: 18 Jul 2014 → 21 Jul 2014
|Name||The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions|
|Conference||Medieval Art and Architecture in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray|
|Period||18/07/14 → 21/07/14|
- Medieval sculpture
- Aberdeen Cowie
Geddes, J. (2016). Piping Pigs and Mermaid Groping: six carved panels from Fetteresso. In J. Geddes (Ed.), Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Moray (pp. 158-182). (The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.