Birds, pinecones, and leaves enliven this large capital, set over paired shafts. The cloister from which it comes was built as the wealth of the community increased through the visit of pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela. On the way, they stopped to venerate the relics of Saint Gaudens, a local shepherd boy who was martyred in the fifth century by the Visigoths, with his mother, Saint Quitterie. Sculpture from the cloister was sold as building material in the wake of the French Revolution. Part of the cloister was reconstructed at Saint-Gaudens in the 1980s.
From the cloister of the collegiate church at Saint-Gaudens, south of Toulouse; Arnold Seligmann, Rey & Co., Inc., Paris and New York; Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (sold 1949)
The Notable Art Collection belonging to the Estate of the Late Joseph Brummer. New York: Parke-Bernet Galleries, April 20–23, 1949. no. 365, p. 90.
Horste, Kathryn. "Romanesque Sculpture in American Collections. XX. Ohio and Michigan." Gesta 21, no. 2 (1982). p. 108.
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. 9, pp. 69-70, fig. 9-10.
Sutton, Denys, ed. Treasures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Yokohama: Yokohama Museum of Art, 1989. no. 20a, p. 74.