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The Stone Bow, Bwa Maen, Vale Of Neath

The Stone Bow, Bwa Maen, Vale Of Neath

Photographer: Napper, R P, British and Foreign Portrait Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 9

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Stone Bow (Bwa Maen) in the Vale of Neath, south Wales, taken by R. P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The image is one of twenty landscape photographs by Napper documenting the picturesque scenery of the Neath valley, published as a book in 1864. The curving rock formation shown in this view is described by Charles Henry WaringIn his accompanying text:

“Among the freaks of Nature may be classed this singular example of curvilinear stratification, which is situated on the south side of the Dinas Rock, and is divided from it by the Sychnant, at about a quarter of a mile from the junction of that stream with the Melte. The Photograph will sufficiently show that this rock is a very remarkable geological curiosity. It is a portion of the great Dinas limestone ‘upthrow,’ but is separated from that craig by a deep and narrow ravine, and has evidently experienced some extraordinary additional convulsion of nature. When this occurred who can tell? Who can say what strange preadamite creatures have crawled over it, or lived in the cave beneath it? Their dull, unspeculative eyes imaged this Bow of Stone long ages before the eye of man was blessed by the heavenly vision of the Bow of Promise. It was crowned with the glory of ancestral forests centuries before the invention of the weapon after which it is named.”

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