Ornamental Alphabets, Ancient and Mediæval (page 10/10)

[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...] [$]

[picture: 53.31.---thistle decoration or page element.]

53.31.—thistle decoration or page element.

A small thistle emblem used as a decorative page element or ornament. [more...] [$]

[picture: 53.32.---Fleur-de-lys]


Another Fleur-de-lys.

This image is taken from plate 53. [$]

[picture: 17.---14th Century Illminated MS., Simplified]

17.—14th Century Illminated MS., Simplified

This is a simplified version of the fourteenth century alphabet, with the addition of a letter “J” and a slightly modernized letter “F”. [more...] [$]

[picture: 48.---Numerals.]


Some historic numerals from the sixth through to the fourteenth centuries. The four and seven especially have varied in shae significantly. [$]

Note: If you got here from a search engine and don’t see what you were looking for, it might have moved onto a different page within this gallery.