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"A sculptural fragment from Cluny III and the three-headed bird iconography"
Masuyo Tokita Darling
in L. A. J. R. Houwen, ed., Animals and the Symbolic in Mediaeval Art and Literature (Mediaevalia Groningana, 20), Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 1997, 209-223
 

Identified here as the upper part of a slingshot once belonging to a sculpted capital depicting a warrior fighting a monstrous three-headed bird (resembling capitals preserved in other Burgundian churches), an iconography explained here as a metaphor of the spiritual struggles faced by monks between human frailty of the flesh and the ascetic life.

Language: English


 
ISBN: 90-6980-097-7
 
  
 
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