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Double Capital with Masks and Birds

ca. 1140–60
Made in Languedoc, France
White marble
Overall: 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 11 3/8 in. (39.4 x 49.5 x 28.9 cm) weight: 195lb. (88.5kg)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1928
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The medieval sculptor transformed a Corinthian capital, substituting a head for the rosette that would have appeared at the center. On one side, it is the head of a man; on the other, a monkey: perhaps a warning of how easy it is to slide from humanity to bestiality.
[ Arnold Seligman, Rey & Co., Paris and New York (sold 1928)]
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. 5, pp. 64-65, fig. 5.

Little, Charles T., ed. Set in Stone: The Face in Medieval Sculpture. New York, New Haven, and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2006. no. 40, pp. 106-107.

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