by dogs, it rolls itself into a ball. The fourteenth
century Easter sepulchre at Childrey, Berks., has a delightful carving on
one spandril of a hedgehog snatching fruit, while three dogs come up below
to bark at it.
Fortunately, the capitals Plate XI
themselves of our doorway are
clearer and more easily identified. On the West is a dog-faced dragon with
his body and tail coiled in a circle, and ending just behind his ears. it
is attacking a face or mask which at the same time is being pierced by the
lance of a centaur on the other side of the capital. The centaur has a
neck guard as well as a nasal to his helmet, and the lance has a divided
On the opposite capitals are two armed horsemen
contending with lances. There is no room on the capital for the hinder
part of the mount on the right. Next is a well preserved long-eared dragon
eating a head, together with a lion on the other face of the capital.
The writer has more than once in the efforts which have
produced this bald description wished for the literary skill of Homer in
describing the shield of Achilles (Iliad xviii.). He has found his responsibility
as fascinating as it is heavy, and will be content if this detailed
examination, which lays no claim to finality, makes a real contribution to
our knowledge of a magnificent monument of the art of our ancestors.