Bank of England, Architectural Sculpture, Doors, and the Lothbury Ladies, Lothbury
Lothbury Court-Bullion Doors
The tympanum contains a lion's mask in high relief , holding a ring in its mouth from which loops of chain go out to rings at either side. Each leaf of the door has a huge double-warded key in vigorous low relief. The handle of each key contains a caduceus. A symmetrical design of chains descends beneath the wards of the keys. The chains are linked at the bottom of each door panel by a ring.
This door is unlike the others at the Bank in that it is a sliding door. It was therefore impossible for the leaves to include any high relief, hence the discrepancy between them and the tympanum above.
Good Yard Doors
In the centre of the tympanum is a roundel containing two lions rampant facing outwards. Between them are a hammer and anvil, a monkey wrench and a rivet. In the spaces to either side are double-warded keys suspended from the same rope motif which encircles the roundel. Each leaf of the door is decorated with ornamental studs and two roundels surrounded by rope motifs. The upper roundels contain half-length nude male figures symbolising work. The one on the left is carrying a load on his back. The one on the right is bent over a vice. The lower roundels contain curled up lions.
The Lothbury Ladies
These four female figures stand against the ends of the upper pavilion blocks, facing Lothbury. Those on the Eastern pavilion have cornucopias on one side and piles of coin on the other. They are fully draped and look to the side and away from each other. Those on the Western pavilion are draped, but have one breast naked. Each holds between her legs a standing naked child, on the left a female child, on the right a male one. The children look straight ahead, but the women look away from each other to the side. The bodies of all four women engage with the masonry behind them, but their heads and shoulders stand free.
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