Illuminated Manuscripts - Cat Licking It's Butt, France 13th Century
Love Cats? History buff? Why not both?? This ornament of a cat licking it's butt was created from a border doodle in a 13th Century Illuminated Manuscript. Made of wood. Approx 4.25" tall.
This item is based off of artwork found here -
1Maccabees 16:18-20. Bible, France 13th century (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Lausanne, U 964, fol. 376r) - via Discarding Images
What is an Illuminated Manuscript you ask? Here is a short answer from Wikipedia -
"An illuminated manuscript is a manuscript in which the text is supplemented with such decoration as initials, borders (marginalia) and miniature illustrations. In the strictest definition, the term refers only to manuscripts decorated with either gold or silver; but in both common usage and modern scholarship, the term refers to any decorated or illustrated manuscript from Western traditions."
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