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Capital: Bird-Like Sphinxes

Sphinxes or manticores. Inspired by art from the Near East, these mythical creatures with a lion's body, long bird-like neck and woman's face are depicted symmetrically on all four sides of the capital. Detail of Romanesque capital in the choir, mid-12th century. St-Pierre, Chauvigny, Poitou-Charentes, France.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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