High Middle Ages

The High Middle Ages was the period of European history around the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries (c. 1001–1300).
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Sicilian ivory pyxis, 12th century Pyxis with hunters. 12th century. Sicily. Ivory with painted and gilded decoration; hinges: copper alloy. The decoration – two hunters, one with a falcon on his wrist, the other with a crouching cheetah – illustrates two forms of hunt which were later passed on to the West, probably via Spain. The oriental motif of facing peacocks with intertwined necks dates back to antiquity. Louvre Museum, Department of Islamic Art, Richelieu, room 3. Back to Sicilian…

Sicilian ivory pyxis, 12th century Pyxis with hunters. 12th century. Sicily. Ivory with painted and gilded decoration; hinges: copper alloy. The decoration – two hunters, one with a falcon on his wrist, the other with a crouching cheetah – illustrates two forms of hunt which were later passed on to the West, probably via Spain. The oriental motif of facing peacocks with intertwined necks dates back to antiquity. Louvre Museum, Department of Islamic Art, Richelieu, room 3. Back to Sicilian…

Paint the Past specialises in Archaeological and Historical Reconstruction and Illustration. The artist Philip Armstrong is based in Larne, Northern Ireland

12th Century shoes - research paper about them at http://thewarpfactor.blogspot.com/2012/11/shoe-planning.html

12th Century shoes - research paper about them at http://thewarpfactor.blogspot.com/2012/11/shoe-planning.html

Crown worn by Constance of Aragon (1179-1222) is housed in the treasury at Palermo’s cathedral. It is a fascinating example of uniquely Sicilian jewelry-design, exploiting Byzantine, Norman, and Arab influences. It is donned with precious stones like sapphires and rubies, in addition to pearls, gold, and other intricate detailing.

Crown worn by Constance of Aragon (1179-1222) is housed in the treasury at Palermo’s cathedral. It is a fascinating example of uniquely Sicilian jewelry-design, exploiting Byzantine, Norman, and Arab influences. It is donned with precious stones like sapphires and rubies, in addition to pearls, gold, and other intricate detailing.

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