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Re: Church vocab

Now scratching my head over this one...
"pièce rapportée ou antépendium amovible en fonction de la liturgie"
Also the use of "polychrome" to describe the paintings. Dictionaries and Google say polychrome, but I am not sure that means very much to the average visitor (or to me..).
Very grateful for help so far...
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Re: Church vocab

Polychrome means many/multi -coloured.

The other seems to imply that it (whatever IT is!) is movable/removable depending on the form of the service.




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Re: Church vocab

Thanks GG - just that it talks about les peintures polychromes and "sixteenth century multi-coloured paintings" sounds a bit odd to my ears...
Also I don't know what antependium means in either language, but removeable depending on the form of service does makes perfect sense...
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Re: Church vocab

It seems to be some form of removable decoration fixed to the front of the altar.

http://www.dictionnaire-architecture.org/A/mot_126.html

http://www.cyber-centre-culturel.fr/index.php?module=cms&desc=default&action=get&id=8312

Hope this helps

Brian (again)

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Re: Church vocab

Thank you - a great help. I hadn't thought to check the definition in English (duh) and according to Wiki, it is a decorative hanging, which makes sense (and indeed if I had remembered my Latin would be an in-front hanging!)
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Re: Church vocab

Isn't this the coloured part of the altar-cloth, (the frontal)  which  is changed according to the season of the Church?
http://www.easterbrooks.com/personal/calendar/rules.html

and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liturgical_colours

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Thanks Norman, I am sure that is right though it couldn't be an altar-cloth in the C of E sense as the altar is part of the whole thing and not separate - I think a detachable hanging is probably closer. (Goodness this is complicated). I am also struggling with how to describe the man who did the woodwork restoration; clearly a cabinet maker, rather than a carpenter or joiner, but cabinet maker sounds odd in relation to altars. Master craftsman in wood, perhaps?
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Re: Church vocab

wood carver?

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