A splendid capital in the museum depicting mutual beard-pullers brandishing
axes or cleavers probably represents Strife (vengeance, etc.).
On either side are robed females who half-heartedly seek to restrain them.
photo by Julianna Lees
Less realistic but perhaps even more ornamental are the beard-pulling
heads on an apse-capital of the cathedral at Brive (Corrèze).
More fanciful still is the bicorporeal beard-puller
at Sant Joan de les Abadesses (Girona).
capital with beard-pullers and a tongue-sticking beast.
capital with beard-puller ?monks and ?monks blowing oliphants
or trumpets of doom to announce the presence of evil.
photo by Julianna
(Tarn-et-Garonne) - Maison des Consuls (which housed a court of justice):
ferocious mutual beard-pullers on a capital.
The best of all: from the ruined Abbey of
La Sauve-Majeure (Gironde), and now in the Cloisters,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, a sculptural masterpiece perhaps hinting
Beard-pulling centaurs at Charlieu (Rhône-Alpes)
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