1. Carved element resembling a sheet of parchment, with its ends or corners rolled, usually carrying an inscription.
2. Ornamental or inscribed tablet, as in a mural funerary memorial, with an elaborate scroll-like frame resembling curling pieces of parchment, common in Baroque work.
3. Any ornament in the form of a scroll, such as a console or Ionic volute.
4. Ancon, console modillion, mutule, or truss supporting an entablature instead of a column, especially an ornamented key-stone of an arch touching the entablature above.
5. Ring-like frame around figures or characters expressing Royal or Divine titles in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
car·touche / kärˈtoōsh/ • n. a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends, used ornamentally or bearing an inscription. ∎ Archaeol. an oval or oblong enclosing a group of Egyptian hieroglyphs, typically representing the name and title of a monarch.
Cartouche ★★★ Swords of Blood 1962
A swashbuckling action-comedy set in 18th-century France. Belmondo plays a charming thief who takes over a Paris gang, aided by the lovely Cardinale. When he is captured, she sacrifices her life to save him and Belmondo and his cohorts vow to have their revenge. Based on a French legend and a well-acted combination of tragedy, action, and farce. In French with English subtitles. 115m/C VHS, DVD . FR IT Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claudia Cardinale, Odile Versois, Philippe Lemaire; D: Philippe de Broca; W: Philippe de Broca; M: Georges Delerue.