A little troupe, La Chaize-le-Vicomte (Vendée)

Uncastillo (Zaragoza)

Aulnay (Charente)

photo by Michael Adlem

Acrobatic tongue-sticker, Saint-Gaultier (Indre)


Contortionist, Châteauneuf-sur-Charente (Charente)

Acrobat or Dancer, Kilpeck (Herefordshire)

Dancer, Chateauneuf-sur-Charente (Charente).

Salome, St-Martin-du-Canigou (Pyrénées-Orientales)

Detail of a pulpit at Gropina (Lazio), which depicts an unsexed acrobatic Luxuria
and a matching two-tailed mermaid with luxuriant hair.

These two figures also echo pre-Romanesque images of Earth and Sea.

Bosch: detail from
The Garden of Earthly Delights, circa 1500.