Date: mid-12th century

Geography: Made in Touraine, France

Culture: French

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: Overall: 166 x 180 in. (421.6 x 457.2 cm)

Classification: Installations

Credit Line: The Cloisters Collection, 1925

Accession Number: 25.120.878


A number of playful elements enliven this otherwise sober doorway. A bear and a fox dance in the keystone at the top, while other animals, some realistic, some fantastic, grace the foliated capitals at eye level. Long appreciated on stylistic grounds for its resemblance to monuments found near Tours, this doorway comes from a small church about fifty miles southeast of the city.

The main structure of the church was sold into private hands in the nineteenth century, and the main portal was moved to nearby Villeloin-Coulangé; it entered the collection of George Grey Barnard before 1925.