A few jewel-like drawing of things that are emblematic of medieval Mottisfont.
Reliquary – a vessel containing the holy relic, said to be a finger bone of John the Baptist, would have been placed on the altar of the priory church. I’ve imagined the reliquary in the shape of a tomb or shrine clad in metal and decorated with glass. The geometric motifs come from floor tiles from the nave of the original church.
Mottisfont Oak – an ancient oak tree on the Mottisfont estate estimated to be 800-1100 years old. Still a thriving tree today (it’s not dead – I drew it in April before it came into leaf) it is the only living thing to survive from the medieval period. Mottisfont’s living relic.
Holy Ghost – a dove to symbolise the Holy Ghost as Mottifont Abbey was actually the Church of the Holy Trinity. There were two dovecotes in the priory precinct.
Momento Mori – skulls of a tawny own and corvid found on the estate providing a natural history Momento Mori.
Medieval Rose – Rosa Maxima alba expressing the three virtues of faith (white), hope (green) and love (red). The medieval rose is a hybrid between the red damask rose and white native roses.