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Nave Capital: Demon of Impurity

Spurred on by a jongleur's flute music and gnawed by serpents, a demon of impurity gropes a naked woman. Detail of Romanesque capital depicting the wickedness of non-sacred music in the nave of Vezelay Basilica, c.1120-32.

Photo © Holly Hayes.

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