Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Sword and platter

Some nice fabrics and carpet appear here along with a sword and platter.
I wonder is this is somehow a St. John the Baptist reference?



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    1. Very true, and it is a testament to the technical quality. Not easy to do this at that time.

  2. The original, French, version of Salome was published in 1891 and staged in Paris 1896. It was banned in Britain until 1931 (yawn). So you might well be right on the money. The other possibility is the Mediaeval Order of St John of Jerusalem, the Knights Hospitaller, an order of monk-knights, who provided hospitality and medical care to pilgrims on the route to the Holy Land. If a pilgrim was taken ill, he would be cared for in one of the Order's hospitals for free, and served food on golden platters as an earthly reward. Today, they are known as the Knights of Malta, to where the Order removed on the loss of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in the Crusades.

    1. I hadn't thought of the Knights of Malta, but that would indeed be a possibility.

  3. + un'immagine così simbolica.
    la spada per difendersi dai nemici e il piatto da offrire agli amici.