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Tacuinum Sanitatis 1390s Manuscript (Ms. 459) Biblioteca Casanatense, Rome

Without doubt, one of the smallest of the historic labyrinths on general public view in England, the tiny labyrinth labelled "Laborintus id est domus dedali" (Labyrinth, the house of Daedalus) that occupies the island of Crete on the Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral is only a few inches across. Created c.1280 AD

Daphne and Apollo by Bernini

El Juicio de Paris (Simonet)

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) - Ukiyo-e. "Mikawa, Horaiji Temple" #11 ("Mikawa, Horai-ji"). Circa 1853. From the "Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces" ("Roguju Yoshu Meisho Zue"). Publisher: Koshimura-ya Heisuke (Koshihei). 9' x 13-1/2".

Edmund Dulac illustrations for "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Map of Jerusalem, 1588

Mosaic pavement: Apollo and Daphne, late 3rd century A.D.

Rustam and the Black Div; single-page painting mounted on detached album folio. From the Shahnama of Firdawsi. Rustam, holding a weapon decorated with a ferocious head, kneels behind a tree while the Black Div waits on the other side. Both appear in caves. Surrounded by border with gold flowers. Opaque watercolour and gold on paper.

Nuremberg chronicles day 4

Ambar, f.82v. Ambergris, f.82v. Ambre, f.82v. Tacuinum Sanitatis (Rhineland, Germany. Mid-15th century. )

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Woodcut By Lucas Cranach From Vollbibel Luther 1534

Queen of Sheba enthroned, surrounded by attendants and animals (camel at bottom)

Bartholomew the Englishman, The Properties of Things book, 1230-1240 I really love this. The early scientists came up with such interesting and creative concepts.

Genre Author: writings and musings by A.J. Walker: Medieval Mondays: Wild men in Medieval folklore

The Dragon of Marduk, an important symbol to the ancient Babylonians, from the Ishtar gate

Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel, Cod. Guelf. 277.4 Extrav. p.00055. Italian Sonnets and Canzoni (15th century). ‘Apollo and Daphne’.

Mohammed (upper right) visiting Paradise while riding Buraq, accompanied by the Angel Gabriel (upper left). Below them, riding camels, are some of the fabled houris of Paradise -- the "virgins" promised to heroes and martyrs. This image and the following five images are Persian, 15th century, from a manuscipt entitled Miraj Nama, which is in the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Taken from The Miraculous Journey of Mahomet

talismane din 1001 de nopti: Al-Khidr: The Green Man of Sufism

Images from an 16th century Wunderzeichenbuch (Miracles book).