A description of the ivories ancient & mediŠval in the South Kensington museum

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Chapman & Hall, 1872 - 211 pages
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Page xiii - The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind : and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays. And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps : there was not the like made in any kingdom.
Page xcviii - His felaw had a staf tipped with horn, A pair of tables all of ivory, And a pointel ypolished fetisly. And wrote alway the names, as he stood, Of alle folk that yave hem any good, Askaunce that he wolde for hem preye.
Page ii - A true elephant roamed in countless herds over the temperate and northern parts of Europe, Asia, and America. This was the creature called by the Russians, Mammoth; it was warmly clad with both hair and fur, as became an animal deriving sustenance from the leaves and branches of trees, which grow as high as the 65th degree of north latitude.
Page xcvii - Et meditata manu componit verba trementi: dextra tenet ferrum, vacuam tenet altera ceram. Incipit et dubitat; scribit damnatque tabellas; et notat et delet; mutat culpatque probatque inque vicem sumptas ponit positasque resumit. 525 Quid velit, ignorat; quidquid factura videtur, displicet; in vultu est audacia mixta pudori. Scripta
Page xxii - From the middle of the fourth century down to the end of the sixteenth, we have an unbroken chain of examples, still existing. Individual pieces may, perhaps, in many instances be of questionable origin as regards the country of the artist, and sometimes with respect to the exact date within fifty, or even a hundred years. But there is no doubt whatever that, increasing in number as they come nearer to the middle ages, we can refer to carved ivories of every century preserved in museums in England...
Page xcviii - Yeve us a bushel whete, or malt, or reye, A Goddes kichel, or a trippe of chese, Or elles what you list, we may not chese; A Goddes halfpeny, or a masse peny; Or yeve us of your braun, if ye have any, A dagon of your blanket, leve dame, Our suster dere, (lo here I write your name) Bacon or beef, or swiche thing as ye find.
Page xvi - Only a brief indication of the leading points of the argument can here be given. These ivories are confessedly of Egyptian or quasi-Egyptian style and workmanship ; " there are certain peculiarities in the execution and mode of treatment that would seem to mark the work of a foreign, perhaps an Assyrian artist.
Page lxxxiii - In the other, the deacon is in the act of waving the fan, holding it by a short handle, over the head of a bishop who is elevating the Host.
Page xxxi - Ibid., ii. pi. 17. 21. Anicius Faustus Albinus Basilius, consul of Constantinople. One leaf in the Uffizi, Florence. Portion of the other leaf in Brera, Milan™, AD 541. It is remarkable that we have in the last diptych a memorial of the last of the long and illustrious line of Eastern consuls. After Basilius, the emperors of the East took the title of Consul, until at last it fell into oblivion. (The last consul of Rome was Decimus Theodorus Paulinus, AD 536.) It is also remarkable that not one...

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