Celtic Alphabets

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Thames and Hudson, 1997 - Crafts & Hobbies - 96 pages
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Of all the ornamental applications of Celtic art, the decorated letter is perhaps the richest. This collection of sixteen complete alphabets, created by Aidan Meehan from his deep knowledge of Celtic illuminated letters and styles, includes knotwork, animal and plant forms, spirals, and human figures. From seventh-century spirals to twelfth-century leonine dragons, from early uncials decorated with bird heads to modern capitals laced with Celtic eel knots, over five hundred drawings cover the whole spectrum of Celtic ornament in its most useful form. Artists, designers, calligraphers and craftspeople will find this an invaluable work of reference and inspiration.

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