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Putti (singular putto) are representations of a small naked boy, often with wings.  They have several other names, including Cherub (typically in a church setting), Amorini, and Cupid.  They often look distinctly overweight!

 

They can appear in paintings, sculpture or plasterwork.

 

Local examples (click to enlarge)

Putti

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Cathedral nave, south wall

Tower of Mary Magdalen church, Burgate

Christ Church gates, cathedral

Queen Elizabeth Guest Chamber, High Street

Cathedral – Martyrdom

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