The Grand'Goule.

Wood sculpture, 22-1/4 x 68-1/4 in. (57 x 175 cm), by Jean Gargot, an artist active in Poitiers, France, during the last quarter of the 17th century. Musée Sainte-Croix, Poitiers. From the seventeenth century until 1789, this sculpture was carried in an annual procession through the city streets to appease this monster, which, according to legend, once devoured the nuns who ventured into the underground chambers of the local monastery.


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