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Notes on the Geography of Great Mirror: Photo 12

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The most exotic feature of the cave, right up there with the timbers, is this figure of a woman. Burgess says only that it is "a female figure high up on the left side of the front, much weather-worn, but with a beaded belt about the loins." Perhaps that is all that can be said, except that in the context of a cave itself so rigid, this figure is inexpressibly graceful. And then there's the other problem: what do monks want with a lovely female? The answer may be that the donor who funded the construction of the cave might have exercised his prerogative to add something he liked, regardless of the monks' wishes.

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