cock on stilts and dancing dog

Roman d’Alexandre, Tournai 1338-1344

Bodleian Library, MS. Bodl. 264, fol. 91r

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squirrel and caterpillar

Grandes Heures of Anne of Brittany, Tours or Paris 1503-1508.

BnF, Latin 9474, fol. 110v

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Inside the Codex Rotundus lays a 266 page book of hours in Latin and French.

The manuscript is unique in form and size: the pages are cut approximately circular in shape and measure a little over 9cm in diameter. The book binding feat here is enormous: since the layers are bound together on a mere 3cm book spine, the body of the book must be held together by 3 clasps.

The original clasps were re-used when the book was rebound in the 17th century; each clasp an artful monogram shaped in the form of different gothic alphabetic letters.

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Roman Silver Mouse with Nut, c. 1st-2nd century AD

An ancient and cute detailed model of a mouse squatting with a nut in its forepaws, tail raised and coiled.

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Writing Board

12th Dynasty, Middle Kingdom

c.1981-1802 BC

Gessoed boards were used for writing notes or school exercises. Like the slate writing tablets of yesteryear, they could be used repeatedly, with old texts being whitewashed to provide a “clean slate” for another. This board still bears traces of earlier writing (at left). The main text is a wordy model letter that the student copied—and surely also was expected to memorize. His many spelling mistakes have been corrected in red ink by the teacher.

(Source: The Met Museum)

I didn’t realize that marking papers with red ink went back that far.

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One prefers, of course, on all occasions to be stainless and above reproach, but, failing that, the next best thing is unquestionably to have got rid of the body.
P.G. Wodehouse (via elucipher)

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Manuscript Illumination with Initial S, from a Choir Book

Date: 16th century
Geography: Made in Lower Rhineland (?), Germany

The Metropolitan Museum of art


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Horae ad usum Briocensem Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, NAL 3194, fol. 116v

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One outraged speaker in a property dispute [recounted in Xenophon’s Memorabilia] felt moved to come up with an alarming infinitive to describe the economic effect of homosexual liaisons. Katapepaiderastēkenai means ‘to have wasted an estate in affairs with boys.’
James Davidson, Courtesans & Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Ancient Athens, p. 195


Pottery water jar decorated with flamingos 

Decorated with redish paint. 

Egyptian, Predynastic Period, 3850 - 2900 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum

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Ancient Roman frescoes excavated at Pompeii and Herculaneum.

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Cosmetic dish in the shape of a trussed duck

18th Dynasty, Amarna Period

c.1353-1327 BC

(Source: The Metropolitan Museum)

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smiling death in a condom hat

'The Dawnce of Makabre' from Carthusian miscellany, Yorkshire or Lincolnshire ca. 1460-1500.

BL, Add 37049, fol. 32r

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Intellect is the best weapon.

Chess Problems, late 1300s, in Book of Chess Problems. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Ms. Ludwig XV 15, fol. 31.

This page on view at the Getty July 8–September 21, 2014.

Your move. 

Next chance to add your illumination to The Chivalry Project? Tomorrow, drop in between 11am and 3pm

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37r, Classbook, MS Auct F 4 32, Bodleian Library

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