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.