The North Transept Portal Sculpture - Right Half

Panel 14:15 - Nobleman stringing his bow




Very rare image of a bowman preparing for action. The man (who wears the long robes of a nobleman) has one end of the longbow wedged against his left foot. He bends the bow with his left hand and pulling the loose end of the bowstring with his left hand, ready to hook it over the upper knock. The exaggerated curve of the man's body, with his head twisted back, gives a good sense of the physical effort required.