Two capitals at Passirac (Charente)

One is a scene somewhat similar to that at

- a man grasps a woman's upper thigh and she grasps his huge erection,
while a bearded, human-faced lion attacks the man...

and a bicorporeal, snake-tongued lion paws the woman.

Compare this capital with an interior capital at Santillana del Mar (Santander)
where a man palpates a woman's breast while she manipulates his enormous virile member.

(after Cooke and García)


The other transept capital at Passirac depicts a man afflicted by concupiscence and being warned by heavenly hornblowers,
like those at


Thirty years later...

photo © Joël Jalladeau

Compare the above with two corbels at Moulins-sur-Yèvre (Cher)
where one figure sounds the Last Trump in the direction of a sinner being devoured by the jaws of Hell...

...while at Lasvaux, Martel (Lot), the horn-blower blasts at a (broken) megaphallic exhibitionist...

..and at Bourbon-l'Archambault (Allier) two hornblowers mounted on rams
direct their blasts towards a devilish figure with raised skirts.

photo by Joel Jalladeau

Other capitals in the same church feature heavenly musicians, including another (bearded) hornblower
who simultaneously plays a harp
while seated on a stool.

photo by Joël Jalladeau

At Saint-Révérien (Nièvre), the dead arise from sarcophagi as two angels sound the Last Trump.

photo by Joël Jalladeau

But at Oyré (Vienne), the trumpeter simultaneously pulls the long beard of a sinner.

photo by Joël Jalladeau

remerciements à Joël Jalladeau pour les dernières cinq photographies


Compare again with the entertainers at San Martín de Mondoñedo.

Yermo (Cantabria)


Santiago de Compostela, Puerta de las Platerías:
Adam and Eve with the Trumpeter of Doom beneath.


photo by courtesy of ParadoxPlace


A remarkable transept-capital in the Cantabrian church at Villanueva de la Nía might be a lampoon
like the famous self-fellating bishop on Cologne Cathedral.
shows an important personage flanked by two exhibitionists - one almost identical to the female on an outside window at nearby
the other a broken ithyphallic male blowing a trumpet into the ear of the personage,
who stands with palms outstretched and wears a tiara of something resembling hares' ears
(the hare was a symbol of concupiscence)
or possibly feathers as worn by (concupiscent) jongleurs/joglars - or a King of Fools.

photos by courtesy of Mark Gredler




Chrism with lovely and significant decoration - including a horn-blower -
above the doorway at Coll de Nargo (LLeida).


Champagnolles (17)

more hornblowers