White Vine Illumination

Look at this nice White Vine Illumination and how vivid the colors still are after 900 years. You can also see the holes that were punched in with a stylus to mark where the baselines should be drawn.
Tuscany, 1150, New Testament, Parchment.
Perkins Library at Duke University, NC.

Sheila Waters commented on this:
“Interesting to see the Q tail going out to the left – the perfect answer.┬áIn this case it was done for an obvious reason. The O part is in a box, the text wraps around and there is no room for the tail. I think that a tail going to the left in other situations would look unfamiliar and a bit odd, so it depends on the overall design of the context.”

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