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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Finds from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source).Click through the photo for an enlarged and wonderfully detailed image.

Finds from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source).
Click through the photo for an enlarged and wonderfully detailed image.

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