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Adam Delving at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent

Origins of the window | The story of Adam | The style | The technique

The style

The panel is unusual for 12th century glass in that there is a suggestion of landscape as well as action here. The figure is set against an intensely blue sky and the ground is uneven. Adam has been turned out of Eden and the soil he is trying to dig is obviously stony. Behind him is a single stalky tree and on it hangs his long-handled axe. Originally the Adam panel was paired with one of God the Creator (long since missing), and set with the other genealogical figures, such as Noah and Methuselah, high up in the clerestory of the choir, so high that really only God could see them. Some of the panels are still in this original position, but most will be found either in the south—west transept or, like Adam, set in the West Window of the nave.

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