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  • 17th-century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    A 17th-century copy of the Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and the rit...

  • 17th-century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Illumination Created date: 1500–1699

    The Haram at Mecca with the Kaʻbah in the centre, from a manuscript of Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the...

  • A 17th-century Ashkenaz Torah Scroll

    Manuscript, Scroll Created date: 17th century

    A 17th-century Ashkenaz Torah Scroll. What is the Torah Scroll? The Torah Scroll is the holiest object in Judaism. It i...

  • Aemilia Lanyer's Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, 1611

    Book, Quarto

    Aemilia Lanyer, or Emilia Lanier (c. 1569–1645), was a trailblazing poet of the English Renaissance who published a sing...

  • Armenian Gospel book

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript Created date: 1608

    A lavish copy of the Gospels in Armenian, made in the Persian capital of Isfahan, in 1608. When did Christianity spread ...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • Description of the Jewish Ghetto and the courtesan...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image, Letter, Manuscript Created date: Letter: 1610

    This quirky and intriguing book, Coryate’s Crudities (1611), is the record of one man’s journey from Odcombe in Somerset...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • Ethiopic Four Gospels

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    The Four Gospels in Ge’ez. The Ethiopian Bible, language and script A language of the Semitic branch, Ethiopian employs ...

  • Etruscan alphabet from inscriptions

    Manuscript Created date: 1552-1717

    Greek colonists took the alphabet to Italy, where the Etruscans changed it to suit their needs. These 16th-century notes...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1595–1637

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Friendship album of Moyses Walens

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1605–15

    This vibrantly colourful, multilingual book is the friendship album collected by Moyses Walens, a young man from the Ger...

  • Illuminated manuscript of the Divine Liturgies

    Manuscript Created date: 1600

    The three Divine Liturgies, those of St John Chrysostom, St Basil of Caesarea, and of the Presanctified Gifts (tradition...

  • Inigo Jones designs for masque costumes

    Manuscript, Watercolour, Illustration, Image Created date: 1610 and c. 1613

    Masques were hugely popular as extravagant courtly entertainments in the reign of James I and VI. These two risqu&eacut...