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Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages, Paris

(Musée national du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny)


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One of four Limoge caskets made to contain bits of Becket and now in Paris



Narrative Mantlepiece




c1030 Capitals from St-Germain de Prés (Paris)



The Family Jouvenel des Ursins, mid 1400s, Chapel St Remi, Notre Dame de Paris





1000s - Silver engraved Byzantine cross






This is the book of the stunning exhibition "Byzantium", which was on at the Royal Academy in London in early 2009 and included this cross.




Engraved Byzantine cross - 1000s







Two Croziers from Limoges







The Archangel Saint Michael and Dragon



Two Misericords





Two misericords from Beauvais, late 1400s.  Sorry about the focus not but they are fun and it is relatively unusual to come across misericords in France.





1000s Zodiac nave capitals from the now disappeared Parisian Abbey Church of Ste-Geneviève


Link to lots of other pages of Zodiac Signs and Labours of the Month




Centre - Aquarius (the water carrier) and maybe Scorpio (the scorpion), and on the left a sort of goanna eats something - not sure how that fits in!






Aries (the ram) and Taurus (the bull)



Capricorn (the sea goat), replete with a billy-goat smig (Gaelic for goatee)




The Gemini twins doing their "wotcha looking at me like that for?" thing with a bit of blue woad.


Sagittarius the archer centaur



From an 1100s Catalan cloister


The Creation of Eve - the Temptation (shown here) - Expulsion from Paradise - Adam & Eve Condemned to Work





Head of an Angel ("Smiling Angel") - Ile-de-France, after 1297





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