Norman carving of a dog chasing its tail

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Norman period carving- copyright Canterbury City Museums

This and several other pieces of carved Caen stone were excavated in Canterbury in the 1980s. Professor Deborah Kahn has suggested that originally they may have been part of the early decoration of the Cathedral, and noted the stylistic similarities to animal designs on the borders of the Bayeux Tapestry.

There is expert opinion that the Tapestry may have been woven in East Kent as a commission from Bishop Odo of Bayeux who became Earl of Kent.

Caen stone was shipped over to England by the Normans and used to create impressive new white-coloured buildings such as Canterbury Cathedral, Abbey and Castle.

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