Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 7/8)

[picture: 53.19.---Decorative stylised tree (embossed leather version)]

53.19.—Decorative stylised tree (embossed leather version)

A version of the tree symbol (originally taken from plate 53) which I embossed onto a leather book cover, to give an idea for a use for the image. [more...]

[picture: 53.20.---Three-leaved ornament]

53.20.—Three-leaved ornament

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

[picture: 53.21.---Decorative Cross]

53.21.—Decorative Cross

A cross, seemingly made of three bells and a rose. [more...]

[picture: 53.22.---Stylised ivy bush]

53.22.—Stylised ivy bush

A decorative element probably from an illuminated manuscript; this one is in the shape of perhaps a holly or ivy bush. [more...]

[picture: 53.23.---Fleur De Lys]

53.23.—Fleur De Lys

The fleur de lys, or fleur de lis, or possibly a Christian symbol. [more...]

[picture: 53.24.---Monogram IHS]

53.24.—Monogram 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: 53.25.---Three Leaves]

53.25.—Three Leaves

Three ornamental leaves, a trifoliate design. [more...]

[picture: 53.26.---Ornamental Leaf]

53.26.—Ornamental Leaf

A decorated leaf from a calligraphic manuscript. In lots of sizes so you can put it in your scrapbook (scrap-book?) if you like. [more...]

[picture: 53.27.---Decorative Border Motif]

53.27.—Decorative Border Motif

Perhaps this design was taken from a border in a calligraphic manuscript? [more...]

[picture: 53.28.---Trifoliate Calligraphic Ornament]

53.28.—Trifoliate Calligraphic Ornament

A piece of religious or spiritual ornament. [more...]

[picture: 53.29.---IHS Monogram]

53.29.—IHS Monogram

A calligraphic “I.H.S.” from plate 53. 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: 53.30.---iris or square-ended clover decoration]

53.30.—iris or square-ended clover decoration

Either three petals and a stamen, like a lilly or iris, or perhaps three leaves, like clover; this is a 19th century redrawing of a mediƦval decoration from an illuminated manuscript. [more...]


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