The fox is a deceitful creature, full of guile. It never takes a straight path, preferring one that winds. Hungry for meat, it lays about pretending to be dead, then, when birds draw near, it pounces, devouring them. Foxes lurk in vineyards, where, hiding among the leaves, they fret away the vines, gnawing at all the grapes.
The tiny Fox eating grapes, located on one of the pulpit’s historiated capitals, displays a great delicacy of carving, visible particularly in the fine treatment of the fur around the neck, befitting its subject’s subtle guile. The fox’s deceitful ways, its artful hunting of birds being just one example, led bestiary authors to associate it with Satan. In Christian art, images of foxes eating grapes represent their diabolical nature: they bring ruin to the vineyard in which they lurk, furtively snatching grapes (Christians) from the vine (Christ.)