One of the notable things about Saas-Fee was the multitude of carved grotesques. Roots, trees, buildings -- all provided the basis for whimsical or threatening images.

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Wood-carving is supposed to be a feature of Swiss villages, but I've been unable to find an explanation of the tradition -- how it got started or what (if anything) it is supposed to indicate.

This one is particularly ghoulish.

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Mask My favorites were the ones like these set into masonry. Which came first I wonder -- the masonry or the carving.

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