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St Kyneburgh, Castor, Hunts

When a particularly splendid result was desired, ornament could be extended to provide surface decoration on both exteriors and interiors, either through sculpture or through painting.

Exeter Cathedral, Devon

GothicGlossary Term decoration was often much more three dimensional, incorporating figure sculpture within canopied niches.