Statue of Animal – Bull (Pair)
From the 12th century, animal statues were placed at the feet of the recumbent statues. They were the protector of the deceased in the afterlife. Some even considered that they were placed there to prevent the deceased from coming back thus protecting the living. This tradition came from the statues tailored on the portals of churches on which the characters were associated with the representation of a real or mythical animal that represented a quality or a vice. These symbols, examples of which you can find in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, might bear different meanings.