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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Capital depicting Daniel in the Lion’s Den from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.

Capital depicting Daniel in the Lion’s Den from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.

Capital depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.The capitals at San Pedro are among the earliest figural, narrative scenes of their medium.

Capital depicting the Sacrifice of Isaac from San Pedro de la Nave, Spain. Late seventh-/ early eighth- century. Image taken from ARTstor.
The capitals at San Pedro are among the earliest figural, narrative scenes of their medium.

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.

Pyramid mounts and an inscribed strip from the Anglo-Saxon gold Staffordshire hoard, c. seventh century (Source).

Pyramid mounts and an inscribed strip from the Anglo-Saxon gold Staffordshire hoard, c. seventh century (Source).

Stylized filigree (sea)horse from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source with more information on the object and hoard and additional photos).

Stylized filigree (sea)horse from the Staffordshire Hoard, Anglo-Saxon, c. seventh century (Source with more information on the object and hoard and additional photos).

"…archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast… Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away."Read more regarding the discovery.

"…archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast… Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away."

Read more regarding the discovery.

Decorated initial page at the beginning of St. Jerome’s letter to Pope Damasus in the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.

Decorated initial page at the beginning of St. Jerome’s letter to Pope Damasus in the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.

Folio with the incarnation initial from the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.

Folio with the incarnation initial from the Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 698. Image taken from ARTstor.

Carpet page with cross, geometric patterning, and animal interlace from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.

Carpet page with cross, geometric patterning, and animal interlace from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.

(Source: historiated, via acheiropoietos)

Folio with the image of a man, the symbol of Matthew, from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.

Folio with the image of a man, the symbol of Matthew, from the Book of Durrow, c. 680. Image taken from ARTstor.

Shoulder clasps with interlace, animal imagery, and geometric patterning from the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (modern-day Suffolk, England), early 7th c. Image taken from ARTstor. Click through the photo for a larger image.

Shoulder clasps with interlace, animal imagery, and geometric patterning from the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (modern-day Suffolk, England), early 7th c. Image taken from ARTstor. Click through the photo for a larger image.

Gold and niello inlay belt buckle from the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (in modern-day Suffolk, England), early 7th c. Image taken from ARTstor. Click through the photo for a larger image.

Gold and niello inlay belt buckle from the Anglo-Saxon ship burial at Sutton Hoo (in modern-day Suffolk, England), early 7th c. Image taken from ARTstor. Click through the photo for a larger image.