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    Carved eyeglass case and nose spectacles dated 1558. This is the oldest known case in the world that has an actual date on it. Madame Heymann collection.

    Marguerite d’Angouleme, Queen of Navarre, from the Book of Hours of Catherine de' Medici (1572-1575).

    Purse with scenes from the story of Patient Griselda, France, 14th century

    Medieval German purses with geometric design C14

    bag is from Breac Moedoic and dates to 8th or 9th century, rather than a book it actually contains a portable metal shrine so should be called a Cumbach or reliquary . The bag is made from an oblong piece of tanned Leather, probably dyed brown or black, and tooled. The internal dimensions would originally have been approximately 30 x 25 x 4 cm.

    Reliquary purse, medieval

    Pilgrim's flask in an embroidered linen bag 14th - 15th century (1301 - 1500) Material and technique glass flask, probably blown; linen bag, with remains of embroidery in blue thread, probably cotton or flax; drawn-thread openwork; bag stuffed with vegetable fibre Dimensions with bag 13.5 x 11 x 1.5 cm sight size (height x width x depth) flask 10.2 cm (height) Accession no. EA1994.113

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    Reliquary ring from the Thame Hoard, the hoard being dated to sometime after 1457.

    "lower case alphabet with grotesque figures." The prints were made by Israhel van Meckenem in approx 1465-1475, and he copied them from Master ES,

    La Tenture de la vie Seigneuriale” (scenes from lordly life), to the early 16th Century, approximately 1500-1520. This figure is from the tapestry known as “La Promenade” (the walk).

    Groteskology: July 2011 The prints were made by Israhel van Meckenem in approx 1465-1475

    Um O.o Badge displaying three phalli bearing a crowned vulva in a procession (1375-1450), found in Brugge. Pilgrimage aptropaic (protective) badge to ward off the evil eye causing the plague. Many of this type of badge were found in the Schelde Estuary in the Netherlands, the riverbanks of the Seine, and the Thames in London. Dating from roughly 1350-1500.

    Badge displaying three phalli bearing a crowned vulva in a procession[1] (1375-1450), found in Brugge (Van Beuningen family collection, inventory number 652). © Van Beuningen Family Collection. Found in “The world upside down. Secular badges and the iconography of the Late Medieval Period: ordinary pins with multiple meanings" by Sebastiaan Ostkamp. Tip of the hat to Paul Rumsey. See Metamorphic Genitalia and Fantastical Sexual Images, Eros in the Middle Ages.


    pinchofnutmeg: gold love-ring with sapphire setting, 15th...

    Medieval Swans This type of design was woven in Italy, near Florence, from the 14th century and is still woven in Sardinia. The V Museum refer to the original as a Perugian towel or tablecloth cover. Woven with the same lampas type of weave construction. Composition: 100% wool

    "Specula physico-mathematico-historica...." by Johann Zahn, 1696. Blurring the line between the animal and vegetable world.

    Medieval Arts & Crafts blog: inspired by roof in Beaune, France (Burgundian)

    Medieval women playing and dancing. The Church Militant and Triumphant (detail) 1365-1368 Fresco Cappella Spagnuolo, Santa Maria Novella (Florence, Italy)

    Tapestries were an integral part of the Medieval period of history.

    Medieval bead work

    History Undressed: A Medieval Lady's Closet

    Small silver coin (drachma), from Syracuse, c. 317-310 BCE

    HALLSTATT CULTURE UTENSIL 10TH-6TH BCE Loom (reconstruction) as used in the 8th to 3rd centuries BCE. Weights are polished stones. Woven and tailored textiles have been found in the Hallstatt saltmine. Museum fuer Vorgeschichte, Asparn/Zaya, Austria