This wood carving on a choir-stall at Checkley Church is most mysterious. It is usually described as two portraits of native American Indians... but, as these bench-ends have been dated to the mid-sixteenth century, this seems improbable.
Yes, the 1500s were the Age of Exploration, so it's possible the carver could have been on a trading ship to America - or seen a drawing of an American native - but why would he then have carved it in a quiet country church, with barely another reference to tell us what is meant?
Yes, the curling tentacles above the portraits might possibly be American maize, but, if so, it's a very stylised version of maize.
No-one really knows. It might even be a Central or South American Indian ... or not an Indian at all.