venerdì 25 ottobre 2013

The monk

While I was writing a post about Scotland abbeys, I thought at a monk quite situated on a shelf in my basement room.
Then I decide to take this photos...
The monk is wood carved and I've bought it some years ago in Alto Adige.
This woodcarving tradition, started in Val Gardena in XVII century, is still alive. First wood sculptors began producing utensils for daily use but from XVIII century they produced also religious wood sculptures and figurines of animals and secular characters and wood handicraft become the most important economic activity in the valley.

The book on the bookstand is entirely written in latin date back 1927.

These books came from an ancient church. They are book for prayer date back about 1700!

The church is a gift received from a spanish women when I visited her country region in Spain. It is a resin copy of Santa Cecilia de Aguilar, a romanic church built in XIII and situated in a dominant position in the Palencia province. The date of its construction, 1041, appeared on a now-disappeared tombstone. Until the mid-13th century it was the main church of the early town of Aguilar. The current building can be dated in the closing years of the 12th century and early 13th century. 

“Being a monk was the strangest and most perverted way of life imaginable. Monks spent half their lives putting themselves through pain and discomfort that they could easily avoid, and the other half muttering meaningless mumbo jumbo in empty churches at all hours of the day and night. They deliberately shunned anything good - girls, sports, feasting and family life.” 
 The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett,

Many thanks for your visit...:)

1 commento:

  1. Los libros antiguos tienen algo especial, imaginar que estuvo en manos de alguien hace siglos es algo increible. Un saludo.