Santa Maria la Nueva, Zamora (Zamora, Spain)


As at
La Seu d'Urgell, Luxuria is represented by a Mermaid in an acrobatic posture, but here she has a huge hole between her legs.
This carving is on the left-hand side of the doorway to one of new fewer than 21 Romanesque churches in the town.


Compare first with ancient Luristan bronzes,
then with a more subtle French mermaid at Saint-Côme d'Olt (Aveyron), whose folded tails form a vulvic mandorla...


photo by Jacques Martin


...and with a rare tongue-sticking mermaid at Courpière (Puy-de-Dôme)...


photo by Joël Jalladeau


...with this ambiguous example from Milan...

 

...with another at Codiponte in NW Tuscany...


...and finally with these mermaids in Parma being bitten by serpents
- which further establish the motif as one of carnal sin.


photo by paradoxplace

 

A more elaborate depiction of wickedness in the form of a mermaid
can be seen at the church of San Vicente de Serrapio, Aller (Asturias)
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A Gryphon attacks her, biting her tail, and a human figure does something enigmatic to the upper part of her toro.
A tongue-stricking demon scowls over one shoulder...