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Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1915, f. 80v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1915, f. 80v

Zoomorphic initial 'V'(enit) with foliate motifs, at the beginning of book 3 of Zacharias Chrysopolitanus' In unum ex quatuor. Image taken from f. 80v of Various texts including Commentary on an 'In unum ex qua... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3075, f. 41

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3075, f. 41

Zoomorphic initial 'S'(imon) at the beginning of book 3 of Bede's Commentary on Catholic Epistles. Image taken from f. 41 of Commentary on Catholic Epistles. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 16v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 16v

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'D' at the beginning of a prayer attributed to Pope Gregory the Great. Image taken from f. 16v of Extracts from the Gospels and prayers ('The Book of Nunnaminster'). Written in La... more

Zoomorphic Figure

Zoomorphic Figure

Mali, Inland Niger Delta region

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 11

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 11

Zoomorphic initial with interlace at the beginning of John 18. Image taken from f. 11 of Extracts from the Gospels and prayers ('The Book of Nunnaminster'). Written in Latin, with English.

Zoomorphic Figure

Zoomorphic Figure

Mali, Inland Niger Delta region

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 1 E VI, f. 42

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 1 E VI, f. 42

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'Z'(acgarias), at the beginning of the list of capitula of Luke. Image taken from f. 42 of Gospels, imperfect (the 'Royal Bible'). Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 16v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2965, f. 16v

Zoomorphic initial 'D' at the beginning of a prayer attributed to Pope Gregory the Great. Image taken from f. 16v of Extracts from the Gospels and prayers ('The Book of Nunnaminster'). Written in Latin, with English.

Axe, Zoomorphic Form

Axe, Zoomorphic Form

Dominican Republic, Caribbean

Ornament with Zoomorphic/Foliate Motif

Ornament with Zoomorphic/Foliate Motif

Eastern Javanese period or later

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 4v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 4v

Zoomorphic initial 'P'(salterium) at the beginning of the preface to the Psalms, with a dragon. Image taken from f. 4v of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in three versions... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 208v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 208v

Zoomorphic initial 'S'(ymon) made up of a dragon. Image taken from f. 208v of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in three versions in three columns, and diagrams, including o... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2803, f. 280v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2803, f. 280v

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'I'(eremias), made up of two snakes. Image taken from f. 280v of Bible (the 'Worms Bible') (index Frankenthal Bible), Genesis to Job. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 75

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 75

Zoomorphic initial made up of two intertwined dragons. Image taken from f. 75 of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in three versions in three columns, and diagrams, includin... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 75

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 75

Detail of zoomorphic initial made up of two intertwined dragons. Image taken from f. 75 of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in three versions in three columns, and diagrams... more

Zoomorphic Figure

Zoomorphic Figure

Mali, Inland Niger Delta region

Zoomorphic Figure

Zoomorphic Figure

Mali, Inland Niger Delta region

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 4v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2799, f. 4v

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'P'(salterium) at the beginning of the preface to the Psalms, with a dragon. Image taken from f. 4v of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Job to Revelation), including the Psalms in th... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3099, f. 42v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3099, f. 42v

Zoomorphic initial 'V'(etus) with dragons. Image taken from f. 42v of Etymologies; De natura rerum (ff. 154-166), and other short texts. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 236v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 2 B VII, f. 236v

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'I'(n) containing a dragon. Image taken from f. 236v of Psalter ('The Queen Mary Psalter'). Written in Latin, with French image captions.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 66, f. 129

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 66, f. 129

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'R'(adix), formed from a snake and a crowned tree. Image taken from f. 129 of Almagest (extract), Liber Astronomiae, Liber Arenalis, astronomical and geomantic tables, political ... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 66, f. 129

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 66, f. 129

Zoomorphic initial 'R'(adix), formed from a snake and a crowned tree. Image taken from f. 129 of Almagest (extract), Liber Astronomiae, Liber Arenalis, astronomical and geomantic tables, political prophecies. ... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 54, f. 80

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 54, f. 80

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'O' in the form of a hybrid with a single bird head, and two bodies with human faces, at the opening of the liturgy of Basil of Caesarea. Image taken from f. 80 of Liturgy of Basi... more

Illuminated headpiece and zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 54, f. 80

Illuminated headpiece and zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 54, f. 80

Illuminated foliate headpiece decorated with birds and plants and zoomorphic initial 'O' in the form of a hybrid with a single bird head, and two bodies with human faces, at the opening of the liturgy of Basil ... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 4 A III, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 4 A III, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'P'(aulus) formed of interlaced dragons, at the beginning of Romans. Image taken from f. 1 of Pauline Epistles with glosses, imperfect. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3844, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3844, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'I'(n nomine) of a hybrid creature. Image taken from f. 1 of Synonyma. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Hirsch III.934, f. 9

Zoomorphic initial from BL Hirsch III.934, f. 9

Zoomorphic initial 'R' with clasps. Image taken from f. 9 of Missal, including a calendar, a Gradual for summer, a Lectionary for the days after Easter and Pentecost. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Add 47967, f. 5v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Add 47967, f. 5v

Zoomorphic initial 'U'(re) with 3 heads and interlaced bodies at the beginning of Book I, Chapter i. Image taken from f. 5v of Historum adversum paganos (the 'Tollemache, Helmingham, or Lauderdale Orosius'). Wr... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 628, f. 160v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 628, f. 160v

Zoomorphic initial 'D'(omine) with interlace, foliate decoration, and a grotesque dragon extender, with a horned and tonsured head. Image taken from f. 160v of Psalter, with glosses. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 15 B XIV, f. 13

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 15 B XIV, f. 13

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'S'(illaba est) at the beginning of the second book. Image taken from f. 13 of De octo partibus orationis, imperfect at the beginning (missing the preface and part of the table of... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 7183, Vol. 2, f. 224v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 7183, Vol. 2, f. 224v

Zoomorphic initial 'S'(eipsu). Image taken from Vol. 2, f. 224v of Homiliary: sermons and homilies. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 2 A XX, f. 17

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 2 A XX, f. 17

Zoomorphic initial 'IN' (primis) formed of a winged biped, at the beginning of the 'Oratio sancti Hugbaldi abbatis'. Image taken from f. 17 of Prayer book (the 'Royal Prayer Book'), including the apocryphal let... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Eg 88, f. 65

Zoomorphic initial from BL Eg 88, f. 65

Zoomorphic initial. Image taken from f. 65 of Law and grammatical miscellany. Written in Irish.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 110, f. 3

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 110, f. 3

Zoomorphic initial 'H'(aec) and decorated initials. Image taken from f. 3 of Epigrammata and verses (ff. 3-24v); Synonyma (ff. 25-53). Written in Latin, with some glosses in Latin or Anglo-Saxon.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 D I, f. 175v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 D I, f. 175v

Zoomorphic initial 'N'(ullum), with display script, at the beginning of Augustine's commentary to Psalm 85. Image taken from f. 175v of Enarrationes in Psalmos (Volume 2). Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 3 C IV, f. 83

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 3 C IV, f. 83

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'S'(ervata) formed of a dog, with an interlaced decoration, at the beginning of part 2 of the Moralia in Job. Image taken from f. 83 of Job, and the Moralia in Job. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2793, f. 33

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2793, f. 33

Zoomorphic initial 'B'(eatus vir) with a bird and a fish and interlace decoration in ink and red, green, and yellow at the beginning of the Psalms. Image taken from f. 33 of Psalter, in the Hebraicum version, w... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3045, f. 44

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3045, f. 44

Zoomorphic foliate initial 'E'(rgo) with dragon at the beginning to book 2, chapter 21. Image taken from f. 44 of De laudibus sanctae crucis, prefatory material (ff. 2v-5v), book 1 (ff. 6v-34), book 2 (ff. 35-4... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 4773, f. 21v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 4773, f. 21v

Zoomorphic initial 'M'(ultorum). Image taken from f. 21v of Bible (the 'Montpellier Bible'). Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 C III, f. 2

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 C III, f. 2

Large zoomorphic initial with dragons attacking each other and tails with foliate decoration. Image taken from f. 2 of De fide, De spiritu sancto, De incarnationis dominicae sacramento; Epistola ad Ambrosium. W... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 B III, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 B III, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'S'[usceptis]. Ownership inscription. Verse in Irish. Image taken from f. 1 of Symbolum fidei, Registrum. Written in Latin and Irish.

Zoomorphic lettering from BL Add 27210, f. 34v

Zoomorphic lettering from BL Add 27210, f. 34v

Zoomorphic lettering and gold lettering on a text page. Image taken from f. 34v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 45, f. 82

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 45, f. 82

Zoomorphic initial 'I'(psum) in the form of a bird, in Origines's Commentary on Jeremiah. Image taken from f. 82 of Commentary on Jeremiah, and on the Song of Songs. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 C XI, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 C XI, f. 1v

Large zoomorphic initial 'I' and smaller initial 'B', with foliate decoration. Image taken from f. 1v of Enarrationes en Psalmos (101-150), imperfect. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2798, f. 40

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2798, f. 40

Detail of zoomorphic initial 'V' with hybrid dragon clasping a bird in its mouth, at the beginning of Leviticus. Image taken from f. 40 of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Genesis to Malachi), imperfect, the first... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3117, f. 48v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3117, f. 48v

Zoomorphic initial 'H'(odie) at the beginning of a sermon. Image taken from f. 48v of Gloss on Lamentations; Commentary on the Song of Songs; Sermons; Gloss on Proverbs (imperfect). Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3101, f. 32

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3101, f. 32

Zoomorphic initial 'C'(onsummatis) with two hybrids and foliate motifs, at the beginning of the 8th of John Cassian's Collationes; three smaller initials 'G'(ermanus), 'S'(erenus) and 'D'(e) with penwork decora... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 102, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 102, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial 'D'(e) formed by a quadruped, foliage, and an animal head. Image taken from f. 1v of Unum ex quatuor. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 348, f. 51v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 348, f. 51v

Zoomorphic initial 'E'(t) in the form of a bird, at the beginning of the Pseudo-Cicero Rhetorica ad Herennium. Image taken from f. 51v of De inventione (index Rhetorica); Rhetorica ad Herennium (index De ration... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 159, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 159, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'Q'(uanquam), the tail formed of a winged dragon-like creature; the lower margin with a partial border incorporating the Gonzaga arms, at the beginning of Cicero's Orationes. Image taken from... more

Zoomorphic lettering from BL Add 27210, f. 36v

Zoomorphic lettering from BL Add 27210, f. 36v

Zoomorphic lettering of initial words. Image taken from f. 36v of Haggadah for Passover (the 'Golden Haggadah''). Written in Hebrew.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 C XI, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 5 C XI, f. 1v

Detail of a large zoomorphic initial 'I' and smaller initial 'B', with foliate decoration. Image taken from f. 1v of Enarrationes en Psalmos (101-150), imperfect. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3052, f. 3

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3052, f. 3

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'I'(nter) of a standing dog (?) at the beginning of the first part of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job. Image taken from f. 3 of Moralia in Job, books 1-9 (ff. 1v-113); Homiliae... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2804, f. 165

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2804, f. 165

Detail of zoomorphic initial 'S'(ciendum). Image taken from f. 165 of Bible (the 'Worms Bible'), Psalms-Acts 16:17, imperfect. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2645, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2645, f. 1v

Zoomorphic initial 'S'(unt) at the beginning of the text, following the list of chapters. Image taken from f. 1v of Collectanea rerum memorabilium (index De mirabilibus mundi), with prologue and list of chapter... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 26, f. 7v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 26, f. 7v

Zoomorphic initial 'M'(atheus) with animal heads at the beginning of the first prologue. Image taken from f. 7v of Glossed Matthew with prologues (ff. 7v-108v), preceded (ff. 1v-6v) by excerpts from Jerome, Aug... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 266, f. 2

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 266, f. 2

Zoomorphic initial 'I'(n) with a bust, in Terence's Comedies. Image taken from f. 2 of Comedies, preceded by arguments and prologues: Andria (ff. 1-18v), Eunuchus (ff. 18v-56v), Heauton Timoroumenos (ff. 57-94v... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 865, f. 19

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 865, f. 19

Zoomorphic initial 'P'(auci) with grotesque and knot-work motifs, at the beginning of Jerome's 'Contra Iouinianum'. Image taken from f. 19 of De mysteriis (ff. 1-4v); De sacramentis (ff. 4v-16v); Sermo de corp... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 C VI, f. 91

Zoomorphic initial from BL Royal 6 C VI, f. 91

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'H', formed of a dragon, at the beginning of book 24. Image taken from f. 91 of Moralia in Job, parts 4-6 (books 17-35). Written in Latin.

Fragment of a Zoomorphic Figure

Fragment of a Zoomorphic Figure

Papua New Guinea, Southern Highlands

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3052, f. 3

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 3052, f. 3

Zoomorphic initial 'I'(nter) of a standing dog (?) at the beginning of the first part of Gregory the Great's Moralia in Job. Image taken from f. 3 of Moralia in Job, books 1-9 (ff. 1v-113); Homiliae X ad monach... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 628, f. 87

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 628, f. 87

Zoomorphic initial 'Q'(uid glorias) with interlace, foliate decoration, and a grotesque dragon extender. Image taken from f. 87 of Psalter, with glosses. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2686, f. 18v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2686, f. 18v

Interlace zoomorphic initial 'R'. Image taken from f. 18v of Etymologies (index Etymologiae), with letters of correspondence between Isidore and Braulio (ff. 1-4), imperfect. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2893, f. 66

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2893, f. 66

Zoomorphic initial 'C'(oncede) with a dragon and foliate motifs. Image taken from f. 66 of Gospel lectionary with collects and a calendar. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1662, f. 104

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 1662, f. 104

Zoomorphic initial of a dragon. Image taken from f. 104 of Book of Hours, unidentified use. Written in Dutch.

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2798, f. 151

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2798, f. 151

Detail of zoomorphic initial 'V'(isio) with a dragon at the beginning of Isaiah. Image taken from f. 151 of Bible ('The Arnstein Bible') (Genesis to Malachi), imperfect, the first of two volumes. Written in Latin.

Zoomorphic letter from BL Or 42, f. 140v

Zoomorphic letter from BL Or 42, f. 140v

Zoomorphic letter 'lamed'. Image taken from f. 140v of Festival prayer book (~mahzor~) for Rosh ha-Shanah and the Yom Kippur, and beginning of Sukkot, Ashkenazi rite (aka 'Dragon's Head Mahzor'). Written in Hebrew.

Zoomorphic initial 'Q' from BL Arundel 100, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'Q' from BL Arundel 100, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial 'Q'(uod) formed by two biting dragons, and in the lower margin, the ink stamp of the Royal Society of London. Image taken from f. 1 of De eucharista contra Petrum Martyrem Vermilium. Written ... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 266, f. 57

Zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 266, f. 57

Zoomorphic initial 'I'(n) with a bird, in Terence's Comedies. Image taken from f. 57 of Comedies, preceded by arguments and prologues: Andria (ff. 1-18v), Eunuchus (ff. 18v-56v), Heauton Timoroumenos (ff. 57-9... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2793, f. 33

Zoomorphic initial from BL Harley 2793, f. 33

Detail of a zoomorphic initial 'B'(eatus) with a bird and a fish and interlace decoration at the beginning of the Psalms. Image taken from f. 33 of Psalter, in the Hebraicum version, with preface, and Canticles... more

Zoomorphic initial 'S' from BL Burn 216, f. 69v

Zoomorphic initial 'S' from BL Burn 216, f. 69v

Zoomorphic initial 'S'(ufficientia) in the form of a dragon, terminating in a bearded human head, in Orosius's Historiarum adversum paganos, with eighteenth-century ink pagination by David Swan. Image taken fro... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Sloane 1584, f. 1

Zoomorphic initial from BL Sloane 1584, f. 1

Full-page drawing of the initial 'D' with interlace, a rooster's head, and fish. Image taken from f. 1 of Medical and religious miscellany, including 'Walter Map's' De mundi vanitate (f. 13v) and an alphabet (f... more

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 536, f. 24v

Zoomorphic initial from BL Arundel 536, f. 24v

Initial 'T' with a bird in a reading from the Gospel of John for the 6th Sunday after Easter. Image taken from f. 24v of Gospel lectionary. Written in Greek.

Decorated zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 317, f. 149v

Decorated zoomorphic initial from BL Burn 317, f. 149v

Zoomorphic initial 'Q'(uid) formed by two dragons biting each other's tails, at the beginning of homily 9 in the second book of Gregory the Great's Homilies on Ezekiel. Image taken from f. 149v of Homilies on E... more