Capital

French (Languedoc)
Medieval (Romanesque)
late 12–early 13th century
Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, France, Languedoc

Dimensions

25.5 x 21 x 28 cm (10 1/16 x 8 1/4 x 11 in.)

Accession Number

19.68

Medium or Technique

Stone; limestone

On View

I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Architectural elements

Capitals, the crowning elements of columns, provided areas for sculptural decoration in church interiors and monastic cloisters. The most extravagantly carved capitals might include figures, narrative scenes, plant life, animals, or fantastic beasts. These examples display mythical creatures including the dragon and possibly the amphisbaena–a serpent with a head at either end of its body–both believed in medieval times to exist.

Provenance

By 1919, D.G. Kelekian, New York; 1919, sold by Kelekian to the MFA with funds from J. Templeman Coolidge. (Accession Date: February 27, 1919)

Credit Line

Gift of J. Templeman Coolidge