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#5214: Capital: Balaam

Photo 5214: Capital: Balaam - Saulieu Church

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Photo ID
5214
Credit
Title
Capital: Balaam
Caption
Capital on the second pier from the west in the north arcade, depicting the story of Balaam from the Book of Numbers. Balaam is shown riding his donkey, wearing a medieval riding cloak and carrying a tau staff. The donkey turns away from the right face of the capital, where an angel standing on city walls holds up a sword, blocking the way. Between the angel's wings is a star, representing Balaam's prophecy: "I see a star that rises out of Jacob, a stem that springs from Israel's root." (Numbers 24:17). In Christian interpretation, this prophecy refers to Christ.
Geotag
47.279504° N, 4.229972° E
Uploaded
March 30, 2010
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600