Double Capital with Masks and Birds

Date: ca. 1140–60

Geography: Made in Languedoc, France

Culture: French

Medium: White marble

Dimensions: 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)

Classification: Sculpture-Stone

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1928

Accession Number: 28.81


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.