Historiated- adj.- Adorned with the figures of humans or animals, often with foliage, and often for narrative purposes. Used especially of initial letters in manuscripts and of the capitals of columns.

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Anglo-Saxon disc brooch from Faversham, England, c. early 7th century. Image taken from the Met’s collections.

Anglo-Saxon disc brooch from Faversham, England, c. early 7th century. Image taken from the Met’s collections.

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