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Standard NH, Eagle with young ones

Photo: © Dombauhütte Köln, Matz und Schenk

The spandrel of the stringer shows an eagle which flies with a young one in his claws into the sun. Under the eagle is the nest with two more young ones. The depiction of an eagle flying to the sun with a young one often serves to symbolize the Ascension of Christ. In the present case a test for the young ones might also be intended: the eagle approaches the sun with a young one and disowns him who cannot stand the sunlight. The knob below the sun does not belong to the spandrel and shows Samson battling the Lion. (MS)

Kulturstiftung Kölner Dom Das Generationenprojekt 11.000 Sterne für den Kölner Dom ZENTRAL-DOMBAU-VEREIN ZU KÖLN VON 1842 DOMKLOSTER 4