Aulnay-de-Saintonge (Charente-Maritime)

A fine example of a contortionist mouth-puller with tresses ending in monster-heads,
and more reptilian monsters issuing from its mouth. This capital is a condemnation of the 'unnatural' behaviour
associated with public entertainment - as are others in and on the same important and impressive Pilgrimage church.

Compare with a Spanish corbel

Aulnay: an exhibitionist acrobat.


Compare with a superb Herefordshire mouth-puller in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London >

Another French mouth-puller >

Compare with a Spanish mouth-puller on a corbel >

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Dog-headed tongue-pullers with intertwined serpents for tails on another capital at Aulnay.