Two capitals at Passirac (Charente)


One is a scene somewhat similar to that at
Kirknewton...

- 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
Brioude

.


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.

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photo by courtesy of ParadoxPlace

 


 


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

 

Champagnolles (17)


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