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Haggadah rooster  carmen figuratum, Haggadah for Passover (the ‘Ashkenazi Haggadah’), Germany ca. 1460.  BL, Additional 14762, fol. 12r

carmen figuratum, Haggadah for Passover (the ‘Ashkenazi Haggadah’), Germany ca.

Prato Haggadah, Spain, 1300. NY, Library of Jewish Theological Seminary, Ms. 9478, fol. 4v. Hebrew illuminated manuscript. Square Sphardi letters and Italo-ashquenazi letters.  http://patrimonio-ediciones.com/facsimil/prato-haggadah

Prato Haggadah, Spain, 1300. NY, Library of Jewish Theological Seminary, Ms. 9478, fol. 4v. Hebrew illuminated manuscript. Square Sphardi letters and Italo-ashquenazi letters. http://patrimonio-ediciones.com/facsimil/prato-haggadah

had gadya as illustrated by ben shahn

Hebrew Typography: Guest writer Tsilli Pines on Ben Shahn’s Haggadah

Illuminated initial A from a medieval bestiary

Items similar to Vintage Illuminated Manuscript Print Large Letter A or I or M or N or T, Celtic, Romanesque style, 5 choices on Etsy

The images above are from three sources: the Macclesfield Alphabet Book (London, British, Library, MS 8887), fully browsable here; Giovannino de’ Grassi’s notebook (Bergamo, Biblioteca Civica, MS Cassaf. 1.21), viewable here; and the alphabet book of Gregorius Bock (Yale, Beinecke Library, MS 439, of 1510-17)

The first letter of a medieval text was often made to look like a picture. These one-letter shows acted as eye candy at the outset of the text: they got the reader in just the right mood.

Do Animals Go to Heaven? Medieval Philosophers Contemplate Heavenly Human Exceptionalism Reynard the Fox, wearing a bishop's mitre and carrying a crozier, preaching to birds, including falcons, chickens, geese, a stork and a swan. From British Library Royal 10 E IV

fantastic bishop fox preaching to birds ‘The Smithfield Decretals’ (Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria), Tolouse ca. illuminations added in London ca. 1340 British Library, Royal 10 E IV, fol.

Festival prayer book (mahzor) for the Special Shabbatot, Passover, Shavuot with the Book of Ruth, and Ninth of Av with the Book of Lamentations, Ashkenazi rite (aka 'Tinted Mahzor') Origin	Germany Date	1st half of the 14th century Language	Hebrew

Festival prayer book (mahzor) for the Special Shabbatot, Passover, Shavuot with the Book of Ruth, and Ninth of Av with the Book of Lamentations, Ashkenazi rite (aka 'Tinted Mahzor') Origin Germany Date half of the century Language Hebrew

Bestiary - Royal MS 12 C XIX folio 12v and 13r  Medieval Ants !!!!!  I don’t think i’ve seen these in a manuscript before.  Manuscript made in England probably Norfolk 1200-1210.  Images from the British Library Manuscript Website: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Royal_MS_12_C_XIX

Bestiary - Royal MS 12 C XIX folio and Medieval Ants. Manuscript made in England, probably Norfolk British Library.

Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts - jousting rabbits

Bizarre and vulgar illustrations from illuminated medieval manuscripts

Naughty Nuns, Flatulent Monks, and Other Surprises of Sacred Medieval Manuscripts - the Breviary of Renaud and Marguerite de Bar, Metz ca.

Washington Haggadah - Medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, created in the 15th century by scribe and artist Joel ben Simeon.

A Little Grotesque (Redemption) (Washington Haggadah)

Washington Haggadah - Medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, created in the century by scribe and artist Joel ben Simeon.

Medieval strange cat

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catsnail book of hours (‘The Maastricht Hours’), Liège century (British Library, Stowe fol.

Northumberland Bestiary, about 1250 - 1260, English, ink tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment, bound between pastebo

Northumberland Bestiary Unknown English, London, about 1250 - 1260 Ink tinted with body color and translucent washes on parchment, bound between pasteboard and covered with red morocco 8 x 6 in.

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