This photograph was taken on the 28th September 2005, on my first visit to All Saints’ Church. York was a regular family day out destination, but 2005 marked my first solo expedition to the city. This trip was inspired by a book by Mike Harding entitled, “A Little Book of Stained Glass“, in which this depiction of the “sun and stars” is featured on page 49, under the title “The World of Symbols“.
It’s a lovely book and it has inspired many of my adventures.
To quote the Edinburgh World Heritage website, “At the corner of the building, between the ground and first floors, is a figure of Moses kneeling on top of a sundial. On the image of the sun next to him are the Greek, Latin and English words for God. The figure used to have a miniature pulpit below him, so that he looked like John Knox preaching“.
This evening I consulted my copy of “How To Read a Church” by Richard Taylor, my first port of call when it comes to matters of religious symbolism in a Christian context, and it says, “Moses, with white hair and long beard, is usually shown carrying two tablets bearing the Ten Commandments“.
I wonder what happened to the second tablet in this case?