Local Heart, Global Soul

August 4, 2020

Hunting For A Date…

Filed under: LEIDEN,PHOTOGRAPHY,ZUID-HOLLAND /SOUTH HOLLAND (Province) — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

This large and beautiful 16th or 17th century building by the Mareburg in Leiden, the Netherlands, must surely have belonged to a wealthy landowner or merchant.

There was great care taken not just in the size of the house but in the design of it too.

For instance  large wall support iron pins go through the bricks and help keep the walls in place, have here been made to look a little like keys.

On the level directly above the ornate stone decoration and figures of the ground floor, these iron wall supports and surrounding stonework make a shape, from left to right: a sort of backward “4”, then a decorative center piece that could be a “4” both backwards or forwards, and finally the  sort of forwards “4” on the right side.

It’s usual for Dutch buildings of this age to have date plaques, or stone carved dates, but this one seems to be missing it’s date.

On occasion the date of the building will have been creatively incorporated into these iron supports which were a necessary feature of all large buildings during these centuries.

I still couldn’t work out if the ironwork has a date incorporated into it or not, if there is, then I can’t find it. I think from closer inspection of some of my other (unused) photographs, that the face that can be seen in the central plaque belongs to a roaring lion.

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

(photograph copyright © Kiwidutch)

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