Hidden Glasgow Motifs – Pipe Smoking Monkey!

Hidden in The University of Glasgow’s Chapel, sits a small wooden monkey having a good puff on a pipe! Many an hour can be spent looking at the various (wooden and stone) carvings housed within the Chapel.
Pew at the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.
Pew at the University of Glasgow Memorial Chapel.
Architect, Sir John Burnet, commissioned the Scottish sculptor Archibald Dawson A.R.S.A. (1892-1938) to create these creative, humorous and sometimes odd carvings.  Although inspired by traditional Medieval church carvings, Dawson clearly had a funny bone and didn’t take himself too seriously, as illustrated by our little friend pictured above!


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