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Decalogue Panels - Panels with the Ten Commandments
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In the Reformed Huguenot churches God's Ten Commandments fulfilled an important function from the very beginning. The Commandments were written on wood, stone or marble and quite often they were adorned with Moses and Aaron. One also finds these panels in the private chapels of castles or in halls. One even comes across decalogue panels in the homes of middle-class Huguenots.
The copper engravings of Abraham Bosse (1602-1672), who originated from Kranenburg near Kleve, then moved to Tours, are well-known. In the dining- rooms and bedrooms on his engravings one occasionally sees decalogue panels on the wall. In the Reformed churches of France today these panels are hardly ever seen where they once were on display, simply because the Protestant churches were destroyed or because they became the property of the Catholic Church. In the French Reformed churches in Germany the decalogue panels are part and parcel of their modest image-free interior.
Literature.: Andreas Flick: Die Zehn Gebote als Dekoration in deutschen Hugenotten-Kirchen. In: Reformiert 2005. BSHPF LXXIV 1925, S. 235 f. BSHPF 1992, S. 403.
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