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Parcelles de mots et de lieux saints. La croix-reliquaire de Brageac

Abstract : This study focuses on the unusual character of an inscription decorating a reliquary cross, preserved in the treasury of the Brageac church (Cantal department, France, dating to the late twelfth or to the early thirteenth century). The expression designating one of the relies - the stones of the Sepulchre - has been dissencunated in five different places on the object itself, corresponding to five parts of the reliquary. This raises the question of what was intended by the fragmentation and scattering of these words. The most reasonable interpretation should take into account the size and shape of the object, but another interpretation is equally plausible: when bearing in mind the works of Cynthia Hahn, such a voluntary fragmentation may also prove to be a metaphor relating to the very nature of the relic, as a 'pars pro toto', The words may also be interpreted as parts of the relic, such as it is implied by Thiofrid of Echternach's medieval text. As for the exceptional way in which this fragmentation has been staged, it creates a particular graphie setting. lts temporary opacity favours a displacement of meaning, and the use of this unusual divisibility recalls a certain unity in its wording.
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Estelle Ingrand-Varenne. Parcelles de mots et de lieux saints. La croix-reliquaire de Brageac. museIKON, 2018, pp.19-24. ⟨halshs-01727833⟩



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