Ape Monkey - Medieval Medical Misericord Carving - Cartmel Priory

Ape with Bottle


Taken from the beautiful carvings found upon the misericords within the choir stalls of Cartmel Priory. This hand crafted reproduction has been produced from a mould taken directly from the original medieval carving and which captures all the fine detail applied by the master craftsmen that carved these in the middle ages, representing a true piece of England’s long history and heritage.

Product Description

Ape with Bottle.

Taken from the medieval carvings C. 1450 found upon the Misericords within the choir stalls of Cartmel Priory. A most interesting and unusual carving that depicts a seated Ape holding a urine bottle high above his head. At the time when this scene was carved Apes and Monkeys were seen as animals with both intelligence and with a sense of mimicry. Although it can be seen with a definite sense of humour, the underlying message of this carving is that it is literally “taking the piss” out of the medical profession of the medieval period. This is a carving that has teachings of correct values and morals to its onlookers. One can clearly see the ill effect and bad state of health of the drink has on the Ape. This reproduction is taken directly from the original capturing all the fine detail applied by the craftsmen that carved this piece over 500 years ago. Comes with a wall fixing and product label.

Size (H) 18cm x (W) 12cm.

This one of our unique and exclusive hand crafted Medieval reproduction carvings. This is a cast reproduction produced from a mould taken directly from the original carving found within Cartmel Priory, Lake District, England. We have exclusive permission to take moulds from original carvings from within the Cathedrals & Abbeys of Britain and to then reproduce them for sale. These reproductions are cast from a resin composite and then stained to give the product all the fine detail, feel and authenticity of the original carving.

v This is great opportunity to purchase a true piece of England’s Rich cultural History.



v Our reproductions are so authentic, copied directly from the original carvings they include all the original cracks & chips from over centuries of use along with wood worm, wood grain and the makers tool marks. Beautifully colour stained and toned they are virtually indistinguishable from the originals.

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