Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 6/8)

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53.8.—IHS

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: 53.9.---Gothic Cross]

53.9.—Gothic Cross

A cross between a cross and the ace of clubs, or perhaps clover leaves. This is called a ‘budded cross’, and in heraldry a ‘treflee cross’, ‘trefoil cross’, ‘bontonee cross’ or bottony cross’. [more...]

[picture: 53.10.---Ornamental vine leaves]

53.10.—Ornamental vine leaves

A vine-leaf that might be used as a printer’s ornament or fleuron. [more...]

[picture: 53.11.---Four Quarters Cross]

53.11.—Four Quarters Cross

A cross with a centre divided into four quarters, perhaps representing the four Gospels, the four Evangelists who wrote them, or the four corners of the world. This cross might look well on a map as a compass rose to mark North, South East and West, but make [...] [more...]

[picture: 53.12.---Small Bush]

53.12.—Small Bush

A small decorative floral ornament.

This image is taken from plate 53.

[picture: 53.13.---Floret]

53.13.—Floret

A small decorative ornament, wither a printer’s ornament or taken from an illuminated manuscript or carving. [more...]

[picture: 53.14.---Acorn]

53.14.—Acorn

Acorn ornament

This image is taken from plate 53.

[picture: 53.15.---Floret]

53.15.—Floret

A small floret or ornament.

This image is taken from plate 53.

[picture: 53.16.---IHS]

53.16.—IHS

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: 53.17.---Variegated Leaf]

53.17.—Variegated Leaf

A printer’s ornament, or, more likely, a calligraphic decoration. [more...]

[picture: 53.18.---Fleur-de-Lys]

53.18.—Fleur-de-Lys

A printer’s ornament, or, more likely, a calligraphic decoration. The name fleur-de-lys, or fleur-de-lis, may derive from the iris flower found on the banks of the River Lys in France, although the flower itself has had spiritual, religious and heraldic significance for much longer. This is a greatly simplified version, and with three unequal branches [...] [more...]

[picture: 53.19.---Decorative stylised tree]

53.19.—Decorative stylised tree

A printer’s ornament, or, more likely, a calligraphic decoration, in the shape of a small bush, tree or shrub. [more...]


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