Heads You Win!

A set of crudely cut conjoined ‘V’s’ scratched into a hood mould stop over the south-east doorway behind the sanctuary in St Clement’s church, Sandwich. The symbol is often associated with entrances and thresholds; the Marian mark can appear in either its ‘W’ or ‘M’ forms. It is also one of the few graffiti symbols that appears in both large scale and minuscule forms and is often incorporated into moulded and sculpted features. Recent studies of graffiti letters and initials have not yet convincingly banished the Marian Mark from the list of possible apotropaics.

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