junktorium

assorted arcana; mostly but not merely medieval
timur-i-lang:

Dragon carpet 
Kuba, Azerbaijan, 17th cen.
"This rug represents the village carpet-weaving tradition of the Caucasus that was contemporaneously with court production in Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran. While rugs produced in royal workshops had flowing, floral patterns, those from provincial weaving centers retained a strongly geometric character. The motif of highly stylized dragons, which are depicted here, gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia."

timur-i-lang:

Dragon carpet 

Kuba, Azerbaijan, 17th cen.

"This rug represents the village carpet-weaving tradition of the Caucasus that was contemporaneously with court production in Ottoman Turkey and Safavid Iran. While rugs produced in royal workshops had flowing, floral patterns, those from provincial weaving centers retained a strongly geometric character. The motif of highly stylized dragons, which are depicted here, gave the name "Dragon Carpet" to this type of rug which was produced in Trans-Caucasia."

(Source: metmuseum.org)

allstarsandconstellations:

Rare Book: Wunderzeichenbuch, or ‘Book Of Miracles’, 1552

“In AD 1119, fiery arrows or spears appeared in the sky, everywhere in the whole sky. And stars fell from the sky and when water was poured over them, they made a sound or screamed.” The words are taken from an unparalleled Wunderzeichenbuch – or “book of miracles”. The miracles in question, all 167 of them, are hand-painted in gouache and watercolour and arranged in chronological order, from Old Testament scenes (the Flood, the parting of the Red Sea) to the Last Judgement. The main body of the work, however, is given over to events from recorded history, apocalyptic scenes such as a rain of meat in Liguria or a plague of vipers in Hungary; it’s a Renaissance equivalent of cranks’ newsletter The Fortean Times, albeit with a distinct focus on the astronomical. Some 60 or so of the folios depict cosmic events, particularly comets, painted with inventive élan and highlighted with gold leaf.

Read more: http://www.stephenpatience.co.uk/Essays/Wunderzeichenbuch.html

(via arrowoftime)

demonagerie:

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Arménien 291, f. 127r (Battle of the Hydaspes). Pseudo-Callisthenes, Alexander Romance.  Turkey or Iran, mid-17th century.

demonagerie:

Bibliothèque nationale de France, Arménien 291, f. 127r (Battle of the Hydaspes). Pseudo-Callisthenes, Alexander Romance. Turkey or Iran, mid-17th century.

medievalpoc:

The Beowulf Manuscript; Marvels of the East; Beowulf; Judith (Cotton MC Vitellius)

f. 106v. Two men representing the race of Ethiopians.

England (c. 1075)

Parchment document, 245 × 185 mm.

British Museum, London.

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medievalpoc:

Anonymous (South Italy)
Astrological Treatise
Italy (c. 1240s)
Illumination on Parchment, 275 x 190 mm.
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale., Département des Manuscrits.
Illumination. Astrological treatise translated by Herman of Dalmatia after the Introductorium by Albumasar (87 fols.), fol. 6 sup v : First decan of Aries
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

medievalpoc:

Anonymous (South Italy)

Astrological Treatise

Italy (c. 1240s)

Illumination on Parchment, 275 x 190 mm.

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale., Département des Manuscrits.

Illumination. Astrological treatise translated by Herman of Dalmatia after the Introductorium by Albumasar (87 fols.), fol. 6 sup v : First decan of Aries

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

medievalpoc:

Anonymous Illuminator
The Court of the Tartar Khan
Italy (c. 1390s)
Painted Vellum (full page), 171 x 108 mm.
British Library, Department of Manuscripts.
The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

medievalpoc:

Anonymous Illuminator

The Court of the Tartar Khan

Italy (c. 1390s)

Painted Vellum (full page), 171 x 108 mm.

British Library, Department of Manuscripts.

The Image of the Black in Western Art Research Project and Photo Archive, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University

cincylibrary:

Leaves from a Kalpa Sutra, a Jain religious manuscript, circa 1500s. Leaves from this manuscript will be featured in our upcoming Main Library exhibit “Testimony of Faith.”