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Penelope the Weaver -
was the wife of Ulysses who waited many years for
him to return from fighting in foreign wars. During
this time she fended off unwelcome marriage
proposals by pretending to be weaving a burial
shroud for her husband's elderly father and claiming
that she will choose a suitor when she has
finished. By day she could be seen dutifully
weaving the shroud, but every night she secretly
undid her days' work, thus ensuring that she would
never be finished. Because of
her faithfulness, Penelope is often seen as a
symbol of marital fidelity.
Her name, Pēnelope, is usually understood to combine
the Greek words for 'weft' and 'face' a
combination perhaps derived from her reputation as a
secretive weaver who was able to fool her suitors
for so many years.
sculpture is carved from Caen Stone,
a light creamy-yellow fine-grained limestone
was formed in shallow water lagoons about
167 million years ago.
Also known as Pierre de Caen, today
it is quarried in northwest France near the
city of Caen.
It was a popular
building material with the Normans in England,
and was used in both the cathedral and castle at
Norwich where it was brought by boat up the
River Wensum. It was also used in
Canterbury cathedral and at Reading Abbey.
Perhaps the most famous building in Caen stone
built in Norman times is the Tower of
sculpture weighs 50.7 lbs, and
measures 13" high x 9" wide x 11.25"
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