A leaf curling in on itself or unfurling. Red curving details further emphasize this graceful motion.
Natural forms are found throughout English churches in the medieval period. These sometimes represent a specific plant with symbolic meaning or can be more abstracted.
This decoration originally appeared in devotional books and manuscripts before being imitated in church carvings. These often intricate and diverse designs are able to reflect the beauty of the natural world which surrounded them.
The ceiling in the chancel was repainted in 1862,and again in the late 1930s.