Harpy, Detail from the drawing of 'Courte-pointe du XIIIe siècle' embroidery from Les Toiles Brodées

Harpy, Detail from the drawing of 'Courte-pointe du XIIIe siècle' embroidery from Les Toiles Brodées

Figure 11

Harpy
Detail from the drawing of 'Courte-pointe du XIIIe siècle' embroidery from Les Toiles Brodées
Anciennes Mantes ou Courte-pointes conservées a l'Hôtel-Dieu de Reims
Charles-Prosper Givelet
1883

Amid other fantastic creatures portrayed in the embroidery is a harpy, a human head atop the body of a bird, a medieval symbol for the souls of the redeemed.