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[Paper:] Facebook avant la lettre: Real and Fictive Friends in Medieval Urban Houses (Sabine Sommerer)

From the 14th century onwards, the decoration of medieval halls culminated  in painted coats of arms commemorating the status of their owner. Interestingly, heraldic friezes also integrated imaginary arms. They were displayed side by side with real existing ones, as for example in the Haus zum Loch in Zurich. Similarly, at the Schönes Haus in Basel, the eyes of the distinguished guests were caught by playful variations of heraldic...