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Capital with Samson and an Attendant Fighting a Lion

ca. 1175–1200
Made in Palencia, Spain
North Spanish
Overall: 19 3/4 x 20 1/4 x 16 5/8 in. (50.2 x 51.4 x 42.2 cm) weight: 428lb. (194.1kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1921
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
This capital and the one to the left depict, in a simple, almost abstract manner, a man and an animal engaged in combat. The capitals must have supported a principal arch, perhaps the entrance to the choir of a church. Here Samson, with long hair, struggles with the lion, assisted by two men, one with a mace, another with a knife.
[ Charles Dikran Kelekian, New York (sold 1921)]
Breck, Joseph. "A King of Judah and Other Mediaeval Sculptures." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, o.s., 16, no. 3 (March 1921). pp. 51-52, fig. 3.

Simon, David L. "Romanesque Art in American Collections. XXI. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Part I: Spain." Gesta 23, no. 2 (1984). no. 6, pp. 155-56, fig. 9.

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