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#270: Portal Reliefs: Mermaids and Vines

Photo 270: Portal Reliefs: Mermaids and Vines - St. Michel d'Aiguilhe, Le Puy

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Photo ID
270
Credit
Title
Portal Reliefs: Mermaids and Vines
Caption
The fascinating facade of the chapel dates from the 12th century. The lintel is carved with two mermaids: one with a snake's tail and one with the tail of a fish. These might represent temptation or the souls who have died on land and at sea. The arch above is carved with vines spewed from the mouths of large human heads and containing birds pecking at grapes. This is thought to symbolize Creation and Redemption, but the Parable of the Mustard Seed has also been suggested.
Geotag
45.050021° N, 3.882363° E
Uploaded
November 10, 2009
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
100