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Patterns of the borders

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.

In 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.



Patterns integrated into the narrative scenes -