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Tympanum: Punishments of the Damned

Detail of the Last Judgment tympanum over the west door, sculpted by Gislebertus around 1130. To the right of the Weighing of Souls, a demon torments the damned as he pulls them into the Jaws of Hell. A woman on the left is receiving the standard punishment for lust, a snake grawing at her breast, while the demon spears her with a pitchfork. Next to her, three people are strung together by their necks. On the far right, divided from the horrific scene by a vine, an angel trumpets to awaken the dead. Along the bottom is a Latin inscription warning against the horrors of Hell.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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