Face pulling mouth open

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An image of a head with small hands pulling its mouth open. 

These images can be found throughout medieval churches yet their meaning is illusive. Often referred to as 'toothache' carvings, one theory is that they represent pain associated with their mouths. Another is that they depict liars as demons are sometimes shown behind them. Alternatively, they might be intended as a joke to mock those below as an example of ludic parody.

The ceiling of the nave was repainted in 1865.

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