Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 5/8)

[picture: Happy bashful fiery sun face drawing]

Happy bashful fiery sun face drawing

This reddish-yellow sun face has an out-of-control hairdo and a cute smile; it’s a detail from a Sixteenth Century decorative initial letter “U”. [more...]

[picture: Decorative initial letter ``V'' from 16th Century]

Decorative initial letter “V” from 16th Century

This capital letter “V” is suitable for use as a drop cap (dropped capital) or a decorative initial; there’s also a small version for an avatar or icon. It includes a mediƦval court jester! Note that in 16th century manuscripts this letter would [...] [more...]

[picture: Decorative initial letter ``Y'' from 16th Century]

Decorative initial letter “Y” from 16th Century

This capital letter “Y” is suitable for use as a drop cap (dropped capital) or a decorative initial; there’s also a small version for an avatar or icon. It [...] [more...]

[picture: 52.---16th Century from Wood Engravings]

52.—16th Century from Wood Engravings

This is not a good scan; I plan to replace it with one made at a higher resolution. It is an alphabet with some ornate decoration and flourishes. [more...]

[picture: 53.---Mongrams, Crosses, etc. [overview]]

53.—Mongrams, Crosses, etc. [overview]

Monograms (e.g. IHS), gothic crosses and other religious symbols. [more...]

[picture: 53.1.---Cross of the Holy Name]

53.1.—Cross of the Holy Name

The closest cross I could find to this one is the symbol used in Cabbalistic mysticism representing a Holy Name. It is also similar to the cross used by the pope and other Papist dignitaries alongside their [...] [more...]

[picture: 53.2.---IHS Monogram]

53.2.—IHS Monogram

The monogram IHS comes from the Greek for Jesus, IHESUS, or from the Latin Ihesus Hominum Salvator, which is, Jesus, saviour of Mankind (Jesus was the name of a religious person). A modern interpretation is In His Service. [more...]

[picture: 53.3.---Clubs]

53.3.—Clubs

This symbol is part-way between a clover-leaf, a Lutheran Cross and they sign for the playing-card suit of clubs, which in turn derives from the alchemical symbol for wood. [more...]

[picture: 53.4.---Decorative Cross]

53.4.—Decorative Cross

A decorative cross. The outer part is an anchor cross or a fleur-de-lys cross. I have no further information on this one. [more...]

[picture: 53.5.---Cross With Unkempt Hair]

53.5.—Cross With Unkempt Hair

This might be a symbol representing a crown, with the crosses implying rule over a spirtual realm but with temporal power, such as an abbot or bishop. I don’t know what the hairstyle is about. Maybe it’s just a totally gothic cross. Or more likely [...] [more...]

[picture: 53.6.---Cross with Circle]

53.6.—Cross with Circle

Perhaps the circle represents the world, the inner signs the four nails used to crucify the naked Jesus, the outer branches of the cross with the fleurons representing the religion itself. This would make it a variation of the symbol for evangelists, perhaps [...] [more...]

[picture: 53.7.---Clubs On Legs]

53.7.—Clubs On Legs

Possibly an architectural cross seen at the top of an arch. [more...]


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