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The Paschal Lamb holding a cross, 12th century

This keystone is decorated with the Paschal lamb holding a cross pattée on one of its hooves.

It is set in a circular medallion that takes up the shape of the keystone. It is said to come from the eastern parts of the nave.

On the wide circular border, the following inscription is written in uncial letters: "IN CELO MAGN[US] HIC PAR[US] SCULPOR UT AGNUS", which can be translated as: "Big in the sky, here sculpted like a little lamb".


Musée d'Art et d'Archéologie de Cluny
Entrocan limestone 82 cm × 14 cm
Inv.: 864.1.6
Eglise abbatiale Cluny III

L’agneau pascal tenant une croix, XIIe siècle

© Centre des monuments nationaux / Dominique Pommier

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