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#12014: South Portal: Donkey Playing a Harp

Photo 12014: South Portal: Donkey Playing a Harp - Aulnay de Saintonge Church

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Photo ID
12014
Credit
Title
South Portal: Donkey Playing a Harp
Caption
The outer archivolt of the south portal is the most interesting of the four, densely populated with mythical beasts and hybrid creatures. Many derive from the medieval Bestiary, in which real and mythical animals were given symbolic and moral meanings. Among the parade of characters is a siren, a sphinx, an owl and a donkey playing a harp. The figures generally face away from the center and each one is carved on a separate stone that supports the arch.
Geotag
46.022982° N, 0.355361° W
Uploaded
August 28, 2012
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
100