Index, manicule, or pointing handdetails

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Drawings of hands, often with arms attached, were added to mediæval manuscripts by people who used them; the hands were used to draw attention to particular passages of interest.

This hand, index, or manicule, as they are called, has a frilly cuff and a prominent index finger; it’s a drawing of a left hand, although you could flip it and make it into a right hand of course.

This picture was originally sold as a “stock block” or “stock cut”—that is, a form of clip art in which metal printing-blocks were sold by catalogues to printers.


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