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Saulieu Church: Capital: Balaam

Capital: Balaam

Capital on the second pier from the west in the north arcade, depicting the story of Balaam from the Book of Numbers. This capital shows Balaam riding his donkey, wearing a medieval riding cloak and carrying a tau staff. The donkey turns away from the right face of the capital, where an angel standing on city walls holds up a sword, blocking the way. Between the angel's wings is a star, representing Balaam's prophecy: "I see a star that rises out of Jacob, a stem that springs from Israel's root." (Numbers 24:17). In Christian interpretation, this prophecy refers to Christ.