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Capital with Lions Mounted by Nude Riders

ca. 1200
Made in Jaca(?)
North Spanish or South French
Overall: 19 x 18 1/2 x 19 in. (48.3 x 47 x 48.3 cm) weight: 249lb. (112.9kg)
Credit Line:
Fletcher Fund, 1922
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The faces of this capital display lions, two of which are surmounted by male nudes. One of the figures is tormented by a large snake. Although neither the meaning nor the original context of the capital is clear, the style of the carving is closely related to sculpture from churches on the pilgrimage road to Santiago de Compostela, especially in the vicinity of Jaca.
marquis de Gestas, Tarbes; Demotte Inc.(until 1922)
Little, Charles T., David L. Simon, and Leslie Bussis Tait. "Romanesque Sculpture in North American Collections. XXV. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part V: Southwestern France." Gesta 26, no. 1 (1987). no. 3, pp. 62-63, fig. 3.

Mann, Vivian B., Jerrilynn D. Dodds, and T. F. Glick, ed. Convivencia: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Medieval Spain. New York: Jewish Museum, 1992. no. 73, p. 22.

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