Aphrodite Style - Antique Green Hand-Tooled Leather Laced Shoulder Bag (Green Man Design)
Width: 9.5” widest point
Height of front panel: 8”
Gusset: 4” wide (tapering each end to 3”)
Remember that the gusset overlaps the front and back panels.
The cycle of birth, growth, death and re-birth is one that was very familiar to our Ancient British ancestors. Plants and trees filled their landscape; providing life-sustaining food and a habitat for the animals they hunted. Life was hard for the ancients, so it is no wonder they worshiped spirits and deities associated with nature and gave thanks to them when the cold, hard winter skies were replaced by warm spring sunshine. The Green Man is linked to ‘Jack in the Green’ and the ‘May King’ in the Spring, as he is seen as a representative of the all-important ‘life force’. He becomes linked to ‘John Barleycorn’ in the autumn as the harvest is brought home and may be known as ‘Herne the Hunter’ along with a host of other names throughout the long winter months.
The Green Man is usually portrayed as a human face surrounded by dense foliage. His image appears as far back as the eleventh century in church carvings. As Christianity spread, the Green Man went into hiding, with stonemasons leaving secretly carved copies of his face hidden around cathedrals and churches.