From Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by Nikolaus Pevsner
and David Lloyd (1967)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London:
Ecclesia or Synagogue, c.1230. Headless, but even so of a quality
as good as anything in France. The source of inspiration is the transept
porches of Chartres (Ste Modeste, Visitation). Here the flow of the
folds downwards and the disturbance when they meet the ground can be
matched, and even the belt with one end hanging low down. This at
Winchester was of metal. The draperies show to perfection that
nobility could be expressed in the C13 in drapery. The head is hardly
necessary to inform us of carriage and mood. The piece was found in
the Deanery porch.
Description below the statue:
"13th Century Statue. This statue was probably one of the four
which adorned the porch of the priory (now the Deanery), and may have
represented Fortitude. The right hand held down a metal
collar-strap; and there was a metal girdle, with a long end (or sword?)
hanging down. The figure is a superb example of medieval sculpture.
Professor Herbert Read writes ('The Meaning of Art', p.74) that in this
statue 'all the transcendent grace and spirituality of a great religion
are embodied in stone'. "