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Frankish antiquities at the Louvre – 1

My posts haven’t been regular in coming in, and I have not posted pics in any chronological order. I wandered from one room to another, one section to another randomly; I marveled at all that I saw, and I felt like a time-traveler with a time machine whose buttons stuck at times, throwing me into periods far removed from each other. And that was how I liked it. 🙂

An intricately carved and richly ornamented book cover. The use of big, uncut precious and semi-precious stones inset in gold was a particular trend I have noted in ornaments from the so-called “dark age” in Europe.

Another detailed carving depicting the life of Christ. Curiously for me, the story starts from Judas’ betrayal at the bottom and ends in the assumption on the top. Before I figured out this order, it was slightly confusing.


About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.


4 thoughts on “Frankish antiquities at the Louvre – 1

  1. How nice to see your post! I don’t think I have ever seen a book cover anything like this before …

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    Posted by Julie@frogpondfarm | 18/01/2020, 12:12 AM
  2. The ‘Dark Ages’ in Europe are such a misnomer. certainly as far as art is concerned.

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    Posted by Mick Canning | 12/01/2020, 3:24 PM

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