Some folks like to see other folks flounder. If any of you are out
there you are going to enjoy today’s tale. I need to tell you this as
part of my story. French is my mother tongue and I speak it almost as
well as I speak English. That said. I walked into an Italian store
and asked the owner–in English-- if he had any interesting books on
Italian jewelry. He stared at me. I stared back and then asked if he
spoke French. He grinned. I asked the same question. he said “uno
minuto” and left and returned with a book. It was all in Italian. But
I speak French I thought. And they’re both Latin languages. I should
have no problem.
Hah! Masterpiece of English understatement. It is here that I want to
let you all know that I have now elevated stupid thinking to an art
form. That said. I struggled with this article --written entirely in
Italian–which is now forthcoming. I may be a hair off. but I think I
have the essence of it. So. Nodo Erculo either means Herculean Knot.
or Square Knot. Perhaps a bit of both. You will look. you will judge.
And if any of you speak Italian. I have no doubt you will let me know
which it is. or if it even is what I think it is.
The motif of this knot seems to have come into usage with the 4th
century jewelers in Taranta, Italy. It is part of a golden tiara. The
knot and the imagery connected to it is said to have magical
properties which keep away pain and misfortune. Its filigree design
presumably emulates roses and palms and is constructed with an intent
toward extreme delicacy. In addition to the magical properties used to
ward off evil. the pattern is also supposed to depict a degree of
humor. Though I must say. when I look at it I get nary a chuckle. or
even a smile. or even the slightest rib tickling sensation.
I suspect this is in part due to the fact that I am thoroughly
Americanized and I tend to find hysterical humor when watching people
ice-skating and floundering. arms flailing. then falling flat on
their collective asses rather than looking at an antique bit of
jewelry. But that’s me.
And as far as interesting goes. the jewelry holds higher ground. So.
you want to see? You know where. Home
And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.