Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 11/14/2014


Photo taken on July  1, 2014



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megaphallic
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Varaize
Poitou-Charentes
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Varaize - Saint-Germain

Varaize - Saint-Germain 

A priory, dependent from the Abbaye Royale in Saint-Jean-d'Angély, existed here in the 12th century, the church Saint-Germain was erected end of that century.

The church is known for the southern portal, which is a Romanesque masterpiece. Some of the corbels of the transept and all around the apse are as well beautiful.

Are there two persons - embracing each other ? And what is the subject inbetween them?

Or is there a male genital? If so the corbel depicts a nude man. There are some more of these ithyphallic / megaphallic persons under the roofs of Poitous´ medieval churches.

John Linton, Rhisiart Hincks have particularly liked this photo


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Rhisiart Hincks
Rhisiart Hincks
fascinating!
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
It seems the latter, unless the upper part depicts two lovers and the lower the man's genitals.

Intriguing and so interesting to note elsewhere just how much licence the masons seemed to have with their sculptures.
3 years ago.
Martin M. Miles has replied to Joan+
Yes, I have the impression as well, that there is a loving couple and a genital.

Here are two corbels from Champagnolles, only 50kms south.

www.ipernity.com/doc/323415/23313221

www.ipernity.com/doc/323415/23362637
3 years ago.