Because Nano is drawing near, and it's nice to have some of the furry, pointy eared critters to play with.
Imperial Cathedral Königslutter, Hunting Frieze, detail
Oops, something must have gone terribly wrong here. Them plotbunnies, they are taking over!Another detail from the Hunting Frieze; the hares binding the hunter
The construction of the Imperial Cathedral Königslutter was begun in 1135 by the Emperor Lothar of Süpplingenburg and finished by his grandson Henry the Lion of Saxony in 1170.
It is a Romanesque building showing two distinct steps in its architectural history. The older part, the easterm choir, the lion gate and some of the pillars in the cloister go back to the early time when Lothar called in masons from northern Italy, namely a Nicolaus of Verona, who brought the use of decorative ornaments to Germany. The three naved basilica was then completed in a more austere style by German masons. The original ceiling was a cassette construction, in the 16th century replaced by cross-grain vaults, while the choir was vaulted from the beginning.Apsis of the east choir
The Hunting Frieze (Jagdfries) outside the apsis of the choir is most probably the work of Nicolaus himself. It shows a number of hunting related scenes, and the one in the very center is the curious motive with the hares binding the hunter. Mediaeval humour or the philosphoy of the Upside Down World where Creation is out of order - those who have read Eco's Name of the Rose
may remember some of the book illustrations are described to show similar motives. There are more pictures here and here