As an explanation for this strange occurrence, Michael the Archangel appears to a local bishop to reinforce the idea of grace at the bull’s saving and to tell him to build a church in his honor (Fig. This means that the saddleback portals and Ghibelline merlons might not be literal, they could be symbolic, or simply familiar and thus easy to use. Seth is sexually indiscriminant, makes a deal with Horus to sodomize him, and leaves behind his supposedly poisonous semen (Herman te Velde, 1967). Some were plain, others beautifully tooled like this one: Roman scroll cases were sometimes made of bronze. It may be a watchtower rather than an entry point. It has a hip-gable saddleback roof with finials: The main difference between this and the Butcher’s Tower is that the Berner Chronik portal has a crenellated level where the stone ends and the roof begins. While studying this initial, I decided to use the tools in It seems likely that it is a direct reference to the hymn because the cattle charm instructs the user to sing the charm words. special interest of Index founder Charles Rufus Morey, and his pioneering catalogue of the Vatican Library’s is, the tool used to make the impression) and “Seal Impression” (that is, an The following charm, added at the end of Arau MS Wett 4, also includes Adonai, Sabaoth, Grege, elyon, and tetragamaton (which also has Hebrew origins). (The artist does not show the thumb, which would hold the plectrum in place.) H. Randall, “Popular Romances Carved in Ivory,” in Images in Ivory: Precious Objects of the Gothic Age (Detroit 33r), and MS. Harley 647 (fol. whose iconographic description had not been entered in the Index’s subject files The dogs are not drawn separately, but included as a mnemonic in the leaves. It is written and abbreviated in numerous ways. The lidded examples below are from the Veneto. Below is another example from the same manuscript. Medieval commentaries on Psalm 38 help to explain the popularity of this iconography. Where one would expect to find reverent folded hands, David emphatically points his finger to his protruding tongue! The Index. Is the tower-in-a-hole a conduit between this world and the one below? The Index. So much so, he could afford to lend money to the emperor himself. Indoor cold weather occupations—including feasting, cooking, and baking—can be found in the previous months of January and December, often in similar compositions with fireplaces. In order to address this, the Index of Medieval Art organized and sponsored a roundtable, Encountering Medieval Iconography in the Twenty-First Century: Scholarship, Social Media, and Digital Methods, at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. One such initial appears in the Noyon I say this based on looking at patterns in all the folios but I am not entirely sure this is the correct interpretation. The chance of it making a migratory trip to the Eurasian continent were nil even before it went extinct, as this was a flightless bird. It was bi3mw’s post #70 on the Alchemical Symbolism thread that motivated me to go back through my notes and think about it again. A dog is not included in the image, but is mentioned in the text: The humanoid root appears in early copies of Pseudo-Apuleis with a dog, but still does not have a humanoid face: The anthropomorphic Mandrake was especially popular in the 12th to 15th centuries. In medieval books of magic, drawing a circle in the dirt with a sword or stick is a frequent instruction, and incantations may be chanted from the edge or inner portion of the circle, depending on the specific kind of charm. Below is an overview of the folio, and following that, the unwound series of nymphs I posted in April 2016 (the figures surrounding the f70v fish). Many have seen the Eye of Horus (or the Eye of Ra) as a decorative motif in jewelry. The most common representation is of Michael the Archangel fighting the dragon. They are not quite the same shape as the VMS container, but they do have some traits in common, especially the finial and rounded foot: In the Middle Ages, simple tubes were often crafted of leather or wood. Many manuscripts that include herbs, information on bathing, or astrological information are not illustrated. and the ‘Divine Comedy.’” PhD diss., University of Pittsburgh, 2007. One such fifteenth-century Book of Hours from Paris or Flanders contains a February calendar page with two square miniatures of equal size in the lower margin. and Works of Art: The Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Art [10] Wilson, Curtis, “The Great Inequality of Jupiter and Saturn: From Kepler to Laplace,” Archive for History of Exact Sciences 33, no. Medieval Iconography: A Research Guide: Friedman, John B., Wegmann, Jessica M.: 9780815317531: Books - the with researchers who use it. Silver, gold, and other metals, along with desirable stones such as gemstones, granite, and marble, were so heavily mined that entire mountains were sometimes reduced to foothills. This is a simplified version, without animals or verses, with a greater emphasis on marriage and children, as published in the early 19th century for women: There were also versions with both men and women that might be more similar to the VMS. In the center is a faint tower with a cone roof that looks like it might have been partially erased: Mining was quite extensive in the Middle Ages. [6], Some representations evoked the temperaments often associated with each planet. 3), and to the conclusion that the inscription 3).[8]. Genoa was well within the purview of the Holy Roman Empire in the early 14th century (the HRE included Rome and much of Burgundy/Provençe at the time): In this illustration on the page with text about the vice of Luxuria (lust), we see a maiden feeding a bird next to an architectural birdhouse that has Ghibelline merlons between the three towers: Ghibelline merlons were one way in which Italians, especially those in an east/west belt where Italy spread out into the wider geographical region of Lombardy and Bohemia, signaled their allegiance to the HRE (in opposition to the pope). An angel waits in the casket below: The idea is also reflected in sculpture, as in this example from the tomb of Peter 1st in Alcobaça, who died later in the 14th century. For example, the wheel in the Church of the Nativity in Arbanasi is one of the closest parallels I’ve found so far to the stages of life wheel in the VMS. de Caylus, Recueil Usually the ending is simply dropped to gradually reduce the word down to one or two characters, but the way the parts are interspersed in this example might be relevant to the VMS, as will be discussed farther down. © Copyright October 2020 J.K. Petersen, All Rights Reserved. [1] O’Neill, Mike. I forgot to include this illustration when I posted the above blog on December 1. He is most often depicted as a richly garmented king, often with his role as the psalmist suggested by his signature harp and crown. Sometimes just owning one of these books could get you imprisoned: Instead of a figure, sometimes the words or letters for alpha and omega are written in the inner circle. Often in such scenes, a man sits at a table spread with food and dishes. inventory also revealed that there were nearly thirty examples of incised I’ve posted several blogs on charms, talismans, and amulets. It’s hard to find evidence of this style of merlon outside of northern Italy/Lombardy/Bohemia before the latter 15th century and the Cocharelli drawings are from the 14th century when their geographical distribution was quite limited. People are pointing, birds are knocked out of their flight by the boom from the “thunderstone”, and animals scurry for their dens: This illustration reminded me of the full-page drawing in the VMS that has multiple textures and emanations seemingly shaking the foundations of the earth. Luxury lidded chalices were often drawn with a wide middle and narrow, fancy finials. Lat. Michele Mesi is a graduate student at Rutgers University studying Information Science with a concentration in Archives and Preservation. This could be a reference to the prophet Ahia in the Biblical Book of Kings, who is best known for his prophesy that Jeroboam would be king. The age progression and tipped-over posture gave me a hint of their possible meaning: I believe this is a cradle-to-grave sequence, but did such a concept exist in medieval society? as these were powerful talismans for their owners. What resemblance has “the rock” to Christ? In turn, if you break up arbadacarba into ar sa da 8ar sa (or something along those lines), the similarities to VMS components are more evident. Accessed 22 February 2019. Some of them could have existed in the early 15th century but others would have been difficult or impossible to make, depending on how much glass was involved. Isidore of Seville (6th century) lists six: infantia, pueritia, adolescentia, juventus, gravitas, and senectus. But I’m beginning to think I should mention this particular plant because I’ve believed for a long time that it is mandrake, and that it is partly mnemonic: If you turn your head sideways, you can see the human figure, or rather a fairly naturalistic root with humanoid overtones. When he saw what was about to happen to the bear, Juno changed Arcas into a bear, as well, and placed both of them in the sky to become Ursa Major and Minor, the Great and Little bears: Two folios later is the biblical story of Lazarus, and at the beginning of the manuscript is the story of Troy. Precious Gems Containing a Wealth of Iconography, “Glyptic” is among the smaller medium Sometimes a wooden layer was wrapped within leather or other materials and the ridge aligned with a cap. © Copyright 2 May 2020 J.K. Petersen, All Rights Reserved. This image of Nuremberg published in 1493 includes numerous cone- and gable-style roofs, several with globe and flag finials: Burgdorf was drawn very similar to Nuremburg, with a variety of gable- and cone-style roofs. Sunday, May 12 at 8:30am [Session 505], Lost in Iconography? throughout the archive—emphasizes that the Index is not a closed system, and Clicking the subject heading for Psalm 039 (Vulg., 038) revealed that a majority of the I believe the VMS wheel expresses a cradle-to-grave theme rather than eastern concepts of reincarnation. This is from the Romance of Alexander, from c. 1400, with participants in a feast being served food and drink from fancy containers: This elaborate lidded container is from a medieval book of medicine: The VMS containers don’t appear to be studded with gems, and they probably don’t have filigree. In other words, Morgan M.126 is an eclectic collection from a number of mythical, moral, and historical sources. I have set guard to my mouth, when the sinner And what is the number of my days: that I may know what is wanting of [7] R. Searching the Index of Medieval Art database with simple keywords such as “fireplace,” and using the Subject Filter for “Labors of the Month, February,” will return a little more than seventy work of art records. It represents a cosmic battle with demons and archangels attacking and defending the alchemist in the center. Icon, in Eastern Christian tradition, a representation of sacred personages or events in mural painting, mosaic, or wood. Procne and Philomela were turned into birds, not stars. The echidna’s bill gets longer in proportion to its body as it grows, however, so it looks less like the Luttrell drawing as it matures. of Rijeka, II. Exploring these two similar subjects reveals a later preference for the literal depiction of devils in place of dragons. 3). 33–34. Agios means “otherly” and is often translated as reverend, holy, or sacred. Although the archive groups these objects into the single object category “Stamp,” 13v). At the bottom of each authority for these subjects, you’ll see a bar for “Work of Art References” that will take you to the relevant work of art records. recorded in the Cabinet des Médailles in 6). outlined the proper duties of a “good” tongue as to share in ethical knowledge Representations of the planets are found in the artistic traditions of many cultures in which astronomy was an important science, including the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Hellenistic, Indian, Byzantine, Islamic, and Chinese spheres. I don’t know if anyone has specifically related the central rosette on the VMS “map” folio to the alchemical furnaces of the Tower of Philosophy. Here are two examples side-by-side so you can see the similarities. Medieval moralists also were concerned with sinful tongues: the 2nd ed. I entered a simple keyword search for “tongue” in the upper “glyptics” refers the art of carving gems or seals—whether in intaglio or in relief—typically One variant of his iconography, which I encountered while cataloguing a historiated initial from an early sixteenth-century French Psalter, presents a familiar subject in the life of David, described by the Index as David, Communicating with God (Fig. A system largely developed by Index director Helen Woodruff In this way it is similar to the sculpture of Peter 1. And, of course, it has duck feet, not fur and claws. Here is an image of a sacred hill atop an alchemists’ cave (such underground laboratories did actually exist, one was unearthed under a chapel complete with shards of numerous vessels): Distillation has a direct relationship to plants and plants like Centaurea (which I think is depicted fairly accurately on folio 2r) were of specific interest to distillers of alcoholic products, both recreational and medicinal. 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