The borders can represent both a vocabulary of constitutive
patterns and a real ornamental grammar.
That is why the system of the scroll around a stick is
very frequent in the alpine region.
In La Brigue, the stick bears
little fruits ; the serrated leaves are overloaded by a large rib.
Notre-Dame of Benva, the rib also underlines the
movement of the flat band that, between circular openings, lets show a
stick which sides have been carved.
The stability of these elements is remarkable and the
ornamental patterns rarely constitute a dating element.
However, a trendy element, such as the « putto » (little
naked child) sitting in the circumvolutions of a foliated scroll in
Auron is sometimes introduced into the border.