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mascaron

Representation of a human or partly human face, more or less caricatured, used as an architectural ornament, e.g. on a keystone over an arch.

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Tom Conley

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Art & Architecture, Philosophy
Length:
3,574 words

...matter is facetiously and unsettlingly oneiric. The cartouche containing the title of Nicolas Tassin’s Carte générale de toutes les costes de France ( 1634 ), a series of carefully delineated maps of the coastline from the Pyrenees to Picardy, is surrounded by a griffin-like mascaron sporting a human face staring at the reader, its tongue drooping from its smiling lips, almost licking the characters of the title, while its extended wings display the claws of and palmate webbing of a monster on whose head is perched the coats of arms of France, the Bourbon...

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