eagle lectern

(from the article `metalwork`) ...of St. Barthélemy in Liège). The Dinant workshops, which formed the main centre for bronze casting in the Meuse district in the Middle Ages, ...
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Eagle lectern

An eagle lectern is a lectern in the shape of an eagle on whose outstretched wings the Bible rests. They are very common in Christian churches and cathedrals. The symbolism of the eagle derived from the belief that the bird was capable of staring into the sun and that Christians similarly were able to gaze unflinchingly at the revelation of the di...
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