Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Bavaria, Germany - the center of 15th and 16th century gunmaking
Apotropaic Gargoyles on Gothic Cathedrals
Those were the predecessors of - amongst others - Late Gothic to Early Renaissance sword quillons and later matchlock serpentines. In a superstitious medieval world, they were traditionally regarded as fencing off evil.
Some of them are from the world famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris - remember the stunning 1939 movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame starring the unique Charles Laughton?