...twelve illum’nated texts,
|Bishops' fonds and Special Collections|
AF.158, POAA45.02, POAA45.03, AF.275, AF.075, AF.008, AF.111, RB.30, AF.074, AF.077, PB.04
For the purposes of today's post, illumination refers to gold or silver decoration added to textual material. We have included both hand-illuminated records as well as printed items, where metallic inks have been applied using a mechanical process. From left to right:
eleven saintly medals,
ten ’broidered vestments,
nine document seals,
eight spir’tual bouquets,
seven papal bulls,
six pairs of buskins,
five golden rings,
and a pen used to vote at Conclave.
With the Feast of the Epiphany, the twelve days of Christmas come to an end. We hope you've enjoyed our artifacts show and tell. Happy New Year!