That is what the medieval artist in Stralsund must have thought when he painted the octogonal pillar in the nave of the Church of St. Nicholas.
To finish the figure, he placed a terracotta male head on the capital frieze, on top of the painted body's shoulders. The church is decorated with more of these figures. The ornamentation of the capitals themselves is modern.
Despite the Protestant iconoclasm of 1525, the Council Church of St. Nicholas is richly decorated with medieval and modern objects and art works.
The church, right next to Stralsund's beautiful town hall, was first mentioned in 1270.
Translation: Erik Eising (M.A.)