While looking at the impressive facade of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, back before the horrific fire and its resulting devastation, I noticed this headless statue holding its head and wondered its significance.
It turns out that statues holding their own heads, when found outside a church or cathedral, identify a Saint who was martyred or beheaded. They’re also known as cephalophores.
In the case of the above cephalophore I learned that this represents Denis the patron Saint of both Paris and France. He sounds like an interesting enough fellow.
But if I’m being completely honest, I was more drawn to the figure directly below Saint Denis.
I’m not going to lie folks.
That’s exactly what I look like when the server walks by with someone else’s food. #relatable