Title of Image
Mason’s Mark
Date
c 1194 -1230
Description
"Masons' marks” are the signature symbols of masons inscribed on a building's stones, particularly in Medieval Europe. Believed to have been used to tally work completed for payment, they are now used to trace a building's chronology and construction history. At Chartres, John James has used them to propose that the cathedral was erected from the bottom up, instead of either east to west or west to east. See John James, Chartres, The Masons Who Built a Legend.
This mason's mark was drawn or photographed at the middle third of the North Tower Staircase (below belfry).
Country
France
Location
Chartres
Style
Gothic
Type of Work
Architecture
Subtype of Work
Interior
Category of Work
Mason’s Mark
Material
Stone
Subject
Cathédrale de Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church decoration and ornament--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Church architecture--France--Chartres--Pictorial works.;Christian art and symbolism--France--Chartres--Medieval, 500-1500--Pictorial works.
Bibliography
Photographer
Philip Maye
Copyright
Identifier
FCAM10010200
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Chartres: Cathedral of Notre-Dame

Mason’s Mark

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