Ballintubber Abbey (Mayo)
Together with three other mask-heads attacked by monsters on the East
this magnificent late-Romanesque, feline, Gorgon-mask spews two serpents
which intertwine with two snakes spewed by flanking monsters.
Compare with this cloister-capital at Tarragona in Spain (photographed by Peter Hubert)...
and with another carving - of the ungenerous wealthy man with his moneybag
- also at Tarragona -
an amazing treatment of Avaritia which links that motif with tongue-stickers, mouth-pullers and Gorgons.
A capital at Rétaud (Charente), where the Gorgon face is framed by hair bound into something like fasces
indicating that this tongue-sticker is connected with Luxuria.
Detail of the Gorgoneion in the Archæological Museum, Corfu, Greece.