According to authors such
as Marcel Durliat (La sculpture romane de la route de Saint-Jacques.
De Conques à Compostelle. Marcel Durliat, Mont-de-Marsant 1990),
it is in this part of the cathedral where its oldest capitals are to be
found. One of these is on the exterior of the second window, from the
east end, of the north aisle . It is decorated with plant volutes,
and on its abacus there are what appear to be feline figures with primitive
features. In the interior of the cathedral, in the same area, there is
another capital with a nude figure wielding a kind of scimitar decorating
its abacus. I believe, however, that the ‘scimitar’ is, in
fact, a musical instrument, a horn.