Bari (Puglia)

Door knocker

12th century

    Bronze door knocker, one of a pair of ornaments from the basilica at Bari. It is decorated with the classical representation of a mask of a lion holding in its mouth the actual knocker piece missing here. It is mounted on a strip with geometrical pierced-work patterns. The highly stylized figurative work is characteristic of Apulian art from the late 11th century to early 12th century.

Dimensions of the object
Diameter 31 cm

I Normanni, popolo d'Europa, Roma, Venezia, 1994, a cura di Mario d'Onofio,  n 271.

Bari, Tesoro della Basilica S; Nicola

Photography : DR