Piping Pigs and Mermaid Groping: six carved panels from Fetteresso

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in the Diocese of Aberdeen and Moray
EditorsJane Geddes
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781315630786
ISBN (Print)9781138640672, 9781138640689
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016
EventMedieval Art and Architecture in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray: British Archaeological Association - Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jul 201421 Jul 2014

Publication series

NameThe British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions


ConferenceMedieval Art and Architecture in the Dioceses of Aberdeen and Moray
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Medieval sculpture
  • saints
  • humour
  • Aberdeen Cowie
  • Fetteresso


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