In architecture, a mascaron is an ornament generally representing a sometimes alarming human figure whose function was, in the beginning, to move away the bad spirits so that they do not penetrate in the residence.
One can find some, for example, on the New Pont with Paris.
will mascarons Them are everywhere but nobody sees them. Abundant architectural topic in the history and the geography of the people of the world… and yet largely ignored, will mascarons them make motionless signs. Facetious sentinels, tragic guetteurs, emerged impassive memories of the walls… They scan. Their presence is not immediately spectacular, but their recurring appearance in the history of architecture invites to the instruction of their cause and the investigation of their destinies. Haussmannien and middle-class man were the first contact - quickly accompanied by the impression which this art of the frontages had hardly survived the First World War. The dates engraved in the walls are taken of it. Will mascarons proliferated at the Beautiful Time and, if some rare survivors appeared during the inter-war period, the contemporary time éradiqués them. What came to symbolize these mythological figures stereotyped in the mobility of Pereire and Rothschild? Had they attended their memorable attacks? Had they been invited to the imperial Festival and had danced in the arms of Eugenie de Montijo? Cried with died of the imperial prince, killed in a ambush in Zoulouland? Zoulouland. Imperial family. Factitious mythology. The erudite works inform only on the function first, founder: the apotropaïque function. The adjective with him all alone is worth the turning - which is not in the Petit Robert, nor even in Littré of 1873. It is in the article “Celebrates” of François-Andre Isambert in Encyclopædia Universalis that one tastes the first agitations of them: “The carnival, regulated disordered state of the inversion of the world, registered in a time and a space given a apotropaïque regulation of the company. ” “The function to move away the evil eye, specific to the phallus, does not have anything erotic, not more than another object which had the same goal, the apotropaïque eye. ” (Etiemble) “Antiquity resorts to the representation of the face to divert the “evil eye.” ” (Jean Damestoy). Recovered of “http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discuter:Mascaron”
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