The North Transept Portal Sculpture - Left Half

Panel 07:04 - Half-woman / half-hippocamp, armed with distaff and cloth

 

Description:

Perhaps a parody of the conventional battling centaur image but with a woman's accoutrements of distaff and towel instead of sword and shield. Seen in context, she is clearly doing battle with the more conventional centaur facing her in panel 05:04. Note also the unusual long-beaked grotesque in the top-left spandrel.