Norbert of Xanten
A detail, on the lower part of the pulpit, re-enacting the fall from his horse by (Saint) Norbert of Xanten. Wikipedia about this: ‘One day in the spring of 1115, as he rode his horse to Vreden, a nearby village, a thunderbolt from a sudden storm struck at his horse’s feet. The animal threw him and he lay unconscious for nearly an hour. After this near-fatal accident, his faith deepened, he renounced his appointment at Court and returned to Xanten to lead a life of penance.’
We have no idea whatsoever about the symbolism of this frog. It is, however, a striking little part of the pulpit. (© Anne Luard.)
Angel with tools
A third one. It is the first little angel we’ve seen holding a hammer and a sort of chisel. Not only holding the two, actually using them. Looking at the finish of it all we thought the creator must have been a person with endless patience.