Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Islip Rebus



The Islip Rebus.

Yet another rebus. This time, my take on the famous one that exists in a carved stone lintel above the Islip Chapel within Westminster Abbey.

In 1464 a boy was born in Islip in Oxfordshire who later became Abbot John of Westminster, also known as Abbot Islip. He built the little Islip Chapel in the Abbey, and his rebus, or heraldic pun on his name, was an eye and a hand holding a small branch or graft of a tree, archaicly referred to a 'slip'. Just in case this was all too subtle the device also shows a figure slipping from a tree - literally 'I slip!'. I have shown the figure without footing with a bird's egg in his hand which he has stolen from the nest above him to his left(Bad boy!). The mother bird berates him for this outrage.

10 comments:

Panagis said...

very beautiful! is the Slip a fig tree then?

Paul Bommer said...

Well, in the original sculpture its hard to tell. Fig-like fruit but hibiscus style leaves. So I kind of just went with that. Efaristo poli!

Scott Garrett said...

I've given up on the previous one Paul, please tell me it's starting to do my head in!!... or at least a clue as to which way to read it! ..pleeeeease

Paul Bommer said...

It was Storrington
Store-Ring-Tun!

Scott Garrett said...

Too clever for me.. Eye Bee M, was about my rebus level.
Good old Paul Rand, can't see many corporations going for that approach these days!! Early college days every one was Neville Brody (the fools!) I was always more a Paul Rand guy... abc, still does it for me

marlyat2 said...

I adore this one. I'm a treeish kind of woman. Also the double puns are cute.

marlyat2 said...

P. S. I think you should change the comments function settings so more people can comment. I love these!

Paul Bommer said...
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Paul Bommer said...

Thank you so much Marly, for all the wonderful comments. Yes, I think you're right. I have been spammed with bogus comments before, but I can always remove them I guess... much love, Paul

marlyat2 said...

I think Blogger is much better with spam now. In fact, I rarely have a problem--usually it's because something is sent to the Spam file instead of posted.