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Janiforme Head South-west Of France XI Ith Century
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"Janiforme Head South-west Of France XI Ith Century"
These two almost lunar faces, carved on both sides of a block of Périgord stone, are a rare witness to the revival of figurative sculpture in France during the Romanesque period.They are leaned against and differentiated from one another in the manner of the ancient god Janus turning one side to the future and the other to the past.In the Middle Ages, Janus personified the month of January. The two figures - characterized by deeply sunken eyes, a flat nose with a protruding ridge and a mouth formed of a simple furrow - are distinguished by their proportions and their expression. One shows a forehead barred by two eyebrows falling towards the exterior which gives it an almost uneasy air Its eyes are almond shaped Its thin mouth is the same width as the base of the nose The other has a more elongated barrel: the nose occupies the two middle quarters of the height of the face; the outer corner of the eyes is stretched upward and the mouth is gaping.Hair etched in vertical streaks crown a narrow forehead.This Janus bifron's head is tilted slightly to the side.The soft contours of the skull that end at an angle right at the chin level hide the cubic spanning of the block. Some traces of erosion, the notch in the top part as well as the circular base suggest, however, that it was on a column leaning against or supporting liturgical or funerary furniture. with figures experienced a new boom in the 11th century, in particular in the south-western quarter of France where, from the Pyrénées-Orientales to the Loiret, we saw the formation of new forms. RS
Price : 2300 €
Period:Before 16th century
Style:Renaissance, Louis 13th
Condition : Traces d'érosion , traces de fixations modernes

Material : Pierre
Width : 16 cm
Height : 22 cm hors socle
Depth : 15 cm

Reference : 668291
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