This capital features the face of a bearded man between two bearded lions (griffins?). The single heads on the corners each serve the bodies of two of the lions, which in better preserved examples are biting their own wings. A drill has been used for mouths, eyes, ears, and the lions’ paws.

- Jane Hayward and Walter Cahn, _Radiance and Reflection: Medieval Art from the Raymond Pitcairn Collection_, 1982, 58-59.


  • Title: Capital with winged lions
  • Location Created: France (Roussillon)
  • Physical Dimensions: Height, 39 cm. (15 3/8 in.); width, 36.5 cm. (14 3/4 in.); depth, 21 cm. (8 1/4 in.)
  • Medium: Pink marble
  • Date: Second quarter of the 12th century
  • Collection: Medieval
  • Accession Number: 09.SP.170

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