Jazeneuil (Vienne)


The right-hand side of the doorway,
with mildly-hellish beasts on the right.

 

A moneylender (or banker) at Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges (Haute-Garonne)
is being swallowed by the jaws of Hell.


compare with the female hedonist at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

 

A corbel at Mailhat (Puy-de-Dôme) showing a person with a moneybag
who seems to be a rogue monk.


From the same church a figure of the eternal punishment of
Luxuria,
the Licentiousness of the Rich.

 

Fragments at Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne (Corrèze), photographed by Adrian Fletcher.
The rich man is being ridden into Hell by a devil, while a toad-lizard approaches Luxuria's groin.
The figure on the left may be Gluttony, having 'licked the platter clean'.


more at Beaulieu

 

A tongue-sticking, possibly-hermaphrodite, chained devil
on one of the three West Doors of Notre-Dame de Paris.
Note that he is sitting on a pope, a wealthy cardinal, and a king.


A fine capital at Cunault (Maine-et-Loire) showing a devil claiming
a king or prince with impressive moneybag.


photo by Julianna Lees


A superb 11th.century capital at Ennezat (Puy-de-Dôme) has the unambiguous inscription:
"in practising usury, you do devil-work".
He is being hauled to Hell by two figures in fringed skirts which don't look particularly demoniac.
His Pot of Riches is bigger than the moneybag around his neck.

"Le supplice de l'usurier. Il a sa bourse pendue à son cou et à ses pieds son pot de terre abritant ses richesses.
Nu, il est empoigné par deux personnages démoniaques vêtus d'un pagne.
La signification du message gravé est sans ambiguïté
: " en pratiquant l'usure, c'est pour moi que tu as travaillé " fait dire le sculpteur à Satan."
(from Joël Jalladeau's excellent website : click for more)


High above the portal and the Last Judgement on the famous abbey church of Moissac
stands a bearded archangel sounding the Last Trump,
while below him, on the corbel-table, one person claps his hand to his ear
and sticks his finger in his mouth.

 


 

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