Visual display of the Jamb Figure with Ape

Jamb Figure with Ape

  • An ape struggling to free himself from the snakes, toads, and monsters that have attached themselves to his body. The ape represents someone who has not been able to cast off sin, while the lady above him has overcome the vice of luxuria.
  • Original statue is on the West façade of Chartres Cathedral.


  • English
Description of Originals
  • Black and white photograph
  • 6 cm by 21 cm
Part of
Nash Collection of Primates in Art and Illustration
Janson, H. W. Apes and Ape Lore in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. London: The Warburg Institute University of London, 1952
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