Place du bestiaire dans le corpus de graffitis gravés aux murs des églises du Bassin Parisien aux XVI-XVIIIe siècles


fr Anthropozoologica 41 (2) - Pages 171-187

Published on 31 December 2006

The role of animals in the corpus of engraved graffiti on church walls in the Parisian basin (16th 18th cent.)

Animals are only modestly represented in the rich corpus of graffiti engraved on church walls in numerous areas of the Parisian basin. Three animal representations are presented here: the cock, the horse and the deer, which are very different in their symbolic value. Popular beliefs and religious iconography are called upon in the attempt to understand the meaning of these animal figures.

Keywords :

Animal figures, graffiti, Parisian basin, cock, horse, horseshoe, deer, popular devotion, Counter-Reformation.

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