Now in the Met,
this stone arch is said to have come from a 12th-century church in Narbonne, France.
From left to right, in the Met's words: a manticore with a man's face, a lion's body, and a scorpion's tail; a pelican, who pierces her own breast so that her blood feeds her young, symbolizing Christ's death and resurrection;
a basilisk, a cross between a cock and a scorpion that can kill with its looks;
a harpy luring men to their doom with her beautiful voice; a griffin, which has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion;
an amphisbaena or dragon, which can form its body into a circle; a centaur with drawn bow;
and a lion, who erases his tracks with his tail to elude hunters, symbolizing Christ's incarnation.
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