Spooky Spotlight – A Devil in Disguise?

Welcome to a week of Spooky Spotlights! To celebrate Halloween we will be delving into the Museum’s collections and putting the spotlight on the terrifyingly gruesome & frighteningly peculiar objects that lurk in the stores…

For today’s spooky spotlight the light shines closer to home, with this eerie Aberdeen object. This grotesque façade, known as the ‘face of corruption,’ is the focus of today’s spooky spotlight. The devil like carving, in oak panel, was originally from the gallery in the North Aisle of St. Nicholas’ Church, Aberdeen, and dates between 1650-1680. This panel would have been made specifically  to ward off evil, such as witchcraft. In the 17th century belief in witches and demons was widespread and carvings such as this are often found in churches from this era. I don’t know about you, but this fellow’s gruesome grin and horrifying horns are enough to ward me off!

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St. Nicholas’ Church Oak Panel

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About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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