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04-01-2009, 06:35 PM
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PROJECT: MEDIEVAL BESTIARY- There be Dragons! :clap:

What is a Bestiary ?

A Bestiary, in short,:thumbsup: ...
... is a compilation, in manuscript form, of animal images, descriptions and stories. Based on more ancient text, history and myth, as well as speculation at the various times written; it is a most interesting mix of art, the moral concepts and scientific knowledge of the period and story-telling!:D

Like an "Aesop's Fables" for the Medieval Judeo-Christian Era in Europe it sought, by means of Allegory, to impart the values of the time. It assigned to animals - other than we human kind- traits , motives and actions as experienced through a human lens, the consequences for said actions percieved to be a manifestation of a God-directed universe.:eek:

One of the most comprehensive, extensively-linked and filled with imagery References ( in English ) I could find is:


A very good but less exhaustive overview, needless to say is Wikipedia:


...if you use the link to Illuminated _manuscripts, a very good brief overview of the hands-on "production" process of the whole period can be found; as well as other links....

The best ( multi-lingual ) ONLINE MUSEUM EXHIBIT of the subject I could find is:


...Talk about a quick read!;) .. even less than the length of a 1/2 hr PBS special!

OVERVIEW, and more Images in the next installment!:wave:

04-01-2009, 08:07 PM
This is great, can hardly wait for more.

04-01-2009, 09:01 PM
Sounds intriguing!!

04-03-2009, 01:56 AM
Medieval Bestiary Project - There be Dragons!

Overview of Imagery:

The tradition of manuscript copying did not persish during the so-called Dark Ages of Europe afefter the Fall of Rome...As is well known, it was carried on in the monasteries of Europe, and was also carried on in the long period of Arab domination in Spain.

Initially, the manuscript was entrusted to a scriba/ copyist, a patient craftsman of calligraphic skills, and there was minimum decoration.

The art of miniatures and illumination began to flourish under the auspices of the emperor Charlemagne, and spread to Spain of the 10th and 11th Centuries.

Beast of the Apocolypse/ 9th c Valencia, Spain

Secular Miniaturist workshops began springing up in towns from the 12th Century onwards, near the monastic centres that had been illustrating religious texts.

Initials became increasingly elaborate, sometimes filling an entire page.


British and French miniatures found in manuscripts of the Anglo-Norman period ( 1066- approx 1250 ) illustrating herbals, BESTIARIES and aviaries , usually of Greek origin, but translated into and written into Latin were closely connected to the text in which they were written...

This period in history was basically the "HIGH TIDE" of the Illustrated Medieval Bestiary.
It's final swell eventually extending to such places as diverse as
Iceland to Iran

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Animal imagery could either dominate a page, be illustrative of a story on a page, or be one of more subjects discussed on a page...

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Their imagery could be executed along the spectrum from a simple one colour execution to an elaborate use of vivid colours and gold; in a loose, unbordered format to square, rectangular, or even a "rounded' one...

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....and potray the same subject from the same translation in a differing manner
2 sets of lion families

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and 2 differing potrayals of panthers

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...and 2 dragons

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...one of which, would admirably have suited the upcoming question....

04-03-2009, 02:03 AM
Sometimes, things appeared to have been "lost" in the translation.....
:eek: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2009/120243-owl_1240_round_framed.jpg :eek:

:confused: Can you-hoo,too.... guess this mystery animal ??:confused:


Answer tomorrow!!!;)



04-03-2009, 07:13 AM
What a wonderful introduction! I got a book on medieval art from the library. Not too much in the way of animals in it though. I really love these old illustrations of animals. They are half fantasy and half reality. Suits me perfectly. Looking forward to the project ideas.

04-03-2009, 11:15 PM
Thank-you, Trafford and June!:D

04-03-2009, 11:18 PM
Medieval Bestiary Project- There be Dragons!


It's NOT a camel
It's NOT a donkey
It's NOT a horse.....

It's a giraffe!:)

...according to an illustrator who lived in Flanders in 1350....

04-04-2009, 12:25 AM
Medieval Bestiary Project - There be Dragons!


To keep us going from the month of the April Fool into the begining week or so of the Merry Month of May , I propose the following.....

Every 7-10 days I myself, as host, will try and follow one of the upcoming suggestions... indicating the initial idea, then perhaps showing a WIP along the way...



Choose a Bestiary rendering you really like, and basically copy it

This can be done any number of ways...pencil, cp, pen & Ink, water-colour , Gouache, ect....

Self-challenge yourself by going for an unfamiliar or little-used or new-to-you medium...



This depiction of a Griffin/Gryphon from the Aberdeen Bestiary is a favourite of mine......I have never used gouache, and rarely do water-colour pen and ink renderings....so my challenge to myself will be to do one of them!

:confused: GOLD LEAF , ANYONE??:eek:



Compare , Contrast, Combine and Adapt 1 or more images...to create a new one ( albeit close to what you interpret as the Medieval "style" )


Here are 3 differing depictions of a description of a tiger...same story...drawn 3 different ways by 3 different artists in Anglo-Norman Britain

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Your challenge could be to add your own vision of this or another story...


Take another concurrent depiction of a Medieval bird or beast not in an illustrated manuscript...( such as a floor mosaic, sculptural form,carved wood relief, tapestry, ect...)
....and transform it into a Bestiary styled Illustration...:clap:


Unicorn floor mosaic from 12th C Ravenna Italy



from the Harley Bestiary,British Library collection

This is the only Medieval-era depiction I found for a creature called the Barnacle Goose; a creature imagined from trying to understand the migration/mating/birthing patterns of certain Geese....since I was intrigued by the legend of geese developing from barnacles on a tree, and very much wanted to do my own interpretation......

I DID!:lol:

Barnacle Goose by WildGoose

Size: 4x6 ACEO
Medium: CP on card
Year: 2008

All for today , folks!:wave:

Any more suggestions...they're quite welcome!:thumbsup:


A few more interesting, enlightening and hopefully useful- to- all web-sites...

04-04-2009, 02:50 AM
I like that tiger with the mirror. I am off to do some reading up on the links you posted!!

04-05-2009, 09:56 PM
Glad you like one of them June!:)

04-05-2009, 10:03 PM


Here is another great website to link to It's called CORSAIR, and linked to the JPMorgan Library's vast collection of both Medieval and Renaissance illustrated manuscript collections..

...some that I displayed in the Overview were from this souce


The link to the Aberdeen Bestiary site, connected to a research project at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.... acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive pictoral sites of a single Bestiary available on the web is:


04-05-2009, 10:31 PM
MEDIEVAL BESTIARY : There be Dragons!

More Project Ideas:



Hippokantlerralogniff by Kathleen Neland Norman

The New Creative Artist by Nita Leland

If her Elementary school age daughter can do it... so can you!!!.:eek: :eek: :thumbsup:

How about a mer-rabbit?;)
A dragon mouse?:confused:

YOU DECIDE....then DESIGN IT :thumbsup: !!


Have a yen to carve up some EX LIBRIS design plates...let this project me your inspiration/motivation!

Feel like going 'beyond 'paper or canvas or wood....transfer your design to a bag or T-shirt, ceramic ( think mosaic ) or glass!

How about a Medieval Beast [I]Mobile!!:cool:

Do you dig Digi or like to mix your media?


Wall murals, anyone?:thumbsup:

Feather painting?


Tell us your ideas for feedback!

04-06-2009, 02:44 AM
I love that Hippokantlerralogniff by Kathleen Neland Norman:thumbsup:

Also love your own barnacle goose. :clap:

Am I right in thinking geese are your favourite? There is a sweet little barnacle goose at our local pond which keeps company with the Canada geese. I've only ever seen one barnacle goose there. He or she must have got lost from the flock. But it seems happy enough with the big geese.

04-08-2009, 12:39 AM
I love that Hippokantlerralogniff by Kathleen Neland Norman:thumbsup:

Also love your own barnacle goose. :clap:

Am I right in thinking geese are your favourite? There is a sweet little barnacle goose at our local pond which keeps company with the Canada geese. I've only ever seen one barnacle goose there. He or she must have got lost from the flock. But it seems happy enough with the big geese.

June, I really think if I could be any other kind of animal in the whole world, it would be some kind of bird; think because if there was any super-human type of ability I"d want to have, it would be, first and foremost, to FLY!!:thumbsup:

The avatar name WildGoose came about from a combination of things....
......my own wanderlust crossed with choosing to live away from the land I was born; and having an Irish last name made me think of the historical "wild geese" of Ireland....
....a mass of idealistic political exiles from the tumultous times in that land who left EIRE to wander far lands, including the "New World" of the Americas.

...( plus I knew it would probably be shortened to "Goose" at times; so keep me feeling just fine about being silly when I feel the need ):D

;) ( I actually prefer Birds of Prey ) ;)
But don't think I'd fancy eating small live mammals!:cat:

04-08-2009, 03:15 PM
This really looks like fun, but I dare not promise anything but tagging along and hope maybe I can get a little something to post here.
Thanks Wild Goose for all the images , inspiration, and information....I missed it...... long is this project going for?

04-08-2009, 11:32 PM

It's for all of April......I'd be more than pleased to host it through May, too ; if you Mods :) or Guides ( :wave: Hi, June:wave: )!...gave me the :thumbsup: !!

Just got some gold metal leaf today...looks e-a-s-y...we shall see!;)

04-09-2009, 01:40 AM
Good idea...I changed your project title to include the run time info!!

Gold leaf...very nice. I'd like to try that too.

If I was to be an animal, I'd like to be a female monkey. I like them.

04-09-2009, 01:52 AM
Griffin Self-Challenge Copy WIP

This is how far I've gotten thus far...

Downloaded my image from the Aberdeen Bestiary site, saved in colour to refer to, then made a 5x7 B/W copy .

On a prepared Strathmore 140 lb. WC sheet, I...

Traced-yes,;) traced:D ,my friends!- Though I dearly love them I do not draw non-human animals that often, and wanted my proportions, at least, right -the outlines of the 2 animals using Saral paper. Filled in the inner details and features "freehand"...drew the surround with a ruler.

Then I outlined the whole with a waterproof Micron 0.5 pen.

Using Rembrandt Lyra wc pencils, I started the border....see the stains?:cool:

But I believe white gouache will fix that....or so I have been told!:eek:

Thus mine own self-challenge hath started!:D:clap:

04-09-2009, 02:04 AM
I like that image too. You've made a good start. I think its fine to trace when you're wanting to concentrate on other matters, e.g., how to apply the medium of choice. Freehand is fine if you want to practise drawing and other skills.

We are tracing in the Vermeer oil painting course hosted by Lauren.

04-09-2009, 03:01 PM
Wild Goose, SWEET, for my part you would be my best buddy for hosting this thru May....:D
The griffin is looking good. I was just noticing in the sales flyers this morning how they positioned the subjects to poke out of their squares here and there........like your griffin is doing.....but the small stuff like shoes were centered or arranged in a zigzag line.

04-11-2009, 02:59 PM
Hi Chris, cool project, lots of info, not really sure now if this fits here. It's a double wammy, I was thinking about the dragon theme and got hooked into the tranquility project over in abstracts. This grew from both themes intertwining. Watercolours, textured wc paper, about 10 x 15 inches, three ish hours...


I have another drwn out, but not sure what I want to do with it yet. Chow fer now...
c & c welcome...

04-12-2009, 09:54 AM

Here's my outline drawing in pen for my 2 goats feeding...illustration from ye olde Englishe bestiary. (Durham, 1200) This is my copy of the medieval art.

This one has gold in the background so I may use gold ink or I may try gold leaf.:D

04-12-2009, 09:56 AM
Shelley. Beautiful water dragons. :thumbsup: Reminds me of the water area of a medieval tapestry of the creation I saw in my book.

04-12-2009, 12:04 PM

Here's a first blocking in of colour. The pink background will be covered in gold as will the pink border. Its really a red colour but showing pink here. I used egg tempera...not the proper mix with dry pigment but the easy way with watercolour and a bit of egg yolk.

04-12-2009, 11:10 PM
Scatty - interesting take on the theme-

June - fun stuff-good strong forms and composition...thanks for sharing the underpainting process

04-13-2009, 02:00 AM
These are two old digi works I did in Bryce, using the Steam Dragon.
I hope they are acceptable for this project.

04-13-2009, 10:43 AM

;) penultimate stage...some gold ink added.


Here's my final. I left it fairly pale but maybe I'd do the next one using proper dry pigment egg tempera with gold leaf, and go for a deeper hue, especially in the blue.

It was relaxing to do:music: :wave:

04-13-2009, 03:23 PM
Who says dragons can't be tranquil, eh?
( being born in the "year of."..I too, have my moments )!;)

Like the play of "figure with flow" here!


Like your conceptualization of a metal/mechanical dragon...your use of technology is definitely a 21st Century take of that ancient beast!
...( In fact you've given me an idea for my own take once I get to (perhaps) creating an image digitally)

My plan, as of now is to try and work through all the suggested ideas; we'll soon see, eh?:D

Bestiaries all had individual artists, and all had varying interpretations to begin with; in reality based as much on on intuition / imagination as knowledge....some had sea creatures that looked like dragons rather than whales, and some of them were quite abstracted or flattened design-wise, as well as drawn in a segmented design manner... ..IMHO we've picked up on that aspect again in the 20th-21st Centuries...


Lovely rendition...especially like how one can see the egg tempera effect in the way you've made the paint looks so soft, with a certain, very special gradation in the colours/shading...really effective!
The small appled gold markings on the border are an added subtle touch for your viewer to appreciate!

( and another inspiration for me , too!):)

Did you use smooth WC paper?

...I"m about 1/2-way there...hope to upload soon!

04-13-2009, 09:23 PM
Pazmo, I love your mechanical dragon. I feel inspired to do a dragon...from imagination...we'll see.

My goats are a copy of a medieval illumination from a 12 th century English bestiary. I think they would have used tempera. ..maybe gouache. I just used cartridge paper for this copy, Chris, so it was smooth paper.

04-14-2009, 08:08 AM
whoooohoooo, no time for comments but got some good stuff up here June and Pamzo(will comment later today) gotta slide to work - cook my friend's breakfast.....but I am tickled to say I got 45 minutes this morning in which I got a start on this ......
I have never seen this portrayed ...a serpent shedding its skin.......

04-14-2009, 07:17 PM

Now this one's a really interesting choice!:thumbsup:

How'd you find it?

You can actually make breakfast before work and rustle up Art?:confused:
Don't think I"ve even come out of the grip of "The Sleep Zone" until 9 AM or so...)..and I'm already in the car driving....

04-14-2009, 10:32 PM
Lol - Wild Goose - oh, I found this beast in the second link listed on post #12 (a post you did:lol: )

04-15-2009, 06:33 AM
thanks for looking Robin June and Wildgoose, it was fun.
June fab colours in yours, wish the gold leaf showed up better on the monitor. ..:thumbsup:

New breeze
04-17-2009, 02:38 AM

I have joined two paintings into one .I hope the outcome is satisfactory.

04-17-2009, 12:54 PM
WILDGOOSE......Love your goose tree or is it a geese tree? Those heads growing are great.

SCATTYCAT.....Like those swimming creatures. Baby dragon embryos?

JUNE.....You make goats look beautiful. Mixing egg yoke with water color? I have to know more about this.

PAMZO....Pretty scary looking guys flying around a bleak landscape :thumbsup:

AZUL.....Waiting to see more of your skinned creature.......and

NEWBREEZE.....Good work. Can just imagine that creature uncoiled, you'd need three or four panels at least.

This is a wonderful project, and I'm glad it's running into May so I can have a crack at it. Right now am reading all the material posted by WildGoose and it's fascinating. :heart:

04-17-2009, 01:04 PM

Had to do another one. This time from imagination. 'Happy pig in the apple orchard at night'. Watercolours and gold ink, 6 by 8 ins. A quickie but great fun to do. I like this medieval approach.

Last night on TV there was a documentary about C.S. Lewis of Narnia fame. Apparently, he was a scholar specialising in Medieval literature. So all the talk about Medieval period made me have to do a bestiary animal. Now I am off to look at the Medieval renditions of pigs!!

See you later.:D

04-17-2009, 01:05 PM
New Breeze, I love your painting!!! Especially the red sky and the knight on horseback. You captured the Medieval look of him perfectly.

04-17-2009, 02:56 PM
Wonderful art, everyone.
The picture that started it all,
the coin I minted in Bryce,
the final Bryce scene...
P.S. I know it's too pink - I just luv pink!!!

New breeze
04-18-2009, 11:12 AM
Thankyou june and trafford for your appreciation. June ,your paintings are innovative,good work.

04-18-2009, 11:48 AM
June, your little piggy could fit right into a children's book. It would make a great illustration.

Pink is good, Pamzo. Wish I knew a little more about digital art. Looks like fun, though. :cool:

04-19-2009, 09:20 PM
New Breeze-
Good choice mating those 2 pictures, your take on them looks like they were all made to be seen together as a whole.:thumbsup: ..just waiting for 800 or so years for someone ( y-o-u ) to make it happen!;)

Glad you chose to go with your owncreative impulses and put the cart before the horse by not checking out prior depictions...you've absorbed the style's format; you know that.... and also made it yours in this delightful :) potrayal!

Glad you posted your :cool: dragon coin design up for us to see, as I might have missed the connection with the dragon standing on his golden horde made in his own image!
Very clever and creative take!
The kind of "hybrid "human/dragon look about him is most intriguing, as well...

04-19-2009, 09:35 PM
Pazmo, I love that dragon with all his gold coins!!

Thanks for the comments on the little piggy. I never did find a medieval pig illustration. Anyone got a link to one?

Fuchsias Attic
04-21-2009, 02:08 AM
I haven't posted in a while but I can't resist jumping into this project.

Newbreeze, There are some wonderful details in the figures, like the impassive faces and the stylized anatomy.

artbyjune, that's an adorable pig. He does look like he's walking through his very own storybook.

I'm homeschooling two boys and we have been studying printing before the invention of movable type. We have been making illuminated pictures and potato prints and such. We drew on drafting film with sharpies and filled in the color with acrylic paint. That was so difficult that he finished with markers and an appreciation of how much easier it is now.:) I threw my demo picture away but I will do another one in response to this thread. Great project idea.


04-21-2009, 07:46 PM
Have you made handmade paper with them?
When I showed some kids how to do that they had a blast!:D
( and they were teen-agers )!

Hope your boys enjoy visiting here, too!
Look forward to your post..

04-24-2009, 08:02 AM
New Breeze - oh, I love all the saturated color, diggin' that beastie's pink tongue and the lion's a very confident sort....Love it

June - ahh that pig is foot loose, sweet border, like the danglin' apples, I see a little of Palmer in the lighting/broad sky/depth aspects. Good almalgation.

Pamzo --- wonderful stuff

Dana - Hi, looking forward to seeing your stuff, and howsabout posting some of your student's work?

WildGoose - I have toyed with the idea of making paper, even bought a book, but never got right down to it? How's about leading a thread on it? (Just a thought)

Here's the finished serpent. This portrayal of the serpent shedding is a side of the beast rarely pondered.

04-24-2009, 02:48 PM
Hi Robin. Your serpent/snake is wonderful. So bright in colour, and happy looking. Can you say that of a snake? Looks like he's going thru a tower or the eye of a needle. The artist had a delightful conception of it.

04-26-2009, 05:29 PM
Well, he doesn't look like your traditional snake with those ears and dog like snout...here is the page it was on and here also is the comment on the tower
71 Text: The snake sheds its skin by scraping through a narrow crack in a rock. Illustration: The snake squeezes through a slot in a narrow tower. Although the text says the snake goes through a rima (crack) in a rock, most of the second family of Bestiaries show the snake going through a masonry tower. This image appeared due to a misreading of the word rima for ruina(ruin).


04-27-2009, 08:05 AM
Fascinating information Robin. I think reading the medieval ideas is great fun. I would really like more time on this project!!

I wonder if we could run an animal alphabet or even a flora alphabet sometime. But we have lots of projects...

I finally found a pig in the bestiaries...'pigs' come under wild boar.

04-27-2009, 12:17 PM
Bright and lively update, Robin!
Think some artists had a "thing" for ears;) ....remember that little cat-headed dragon?
Think odd little bits like thatadds to the charm of these images immensely..

Good idea to include the text writing about it, they're short and sweet, but still are pretty telling about what people thought at that time..

04-27-2009, 10:07 PM
The Griffin


The Griffin is a winged, four-footed animal, with the body of a lion and the wings and head of an eagle.
It is born in the Hyperborean mountains, or perhaps in Ethiopia; some say it lives in the Indian desert, which it leaves only to find food.
Griffins are the enemy of the horse.

A Griffin will tear a man to pieces and carry him to it's nest to feed its young.
Griffins are strong enough to carry away an entire live ox.
They are also known for digging gold from mines.

A note on the Illustration:

A Griffin is usually shown grasping an animal in his or her claws.They often hold a Heraldic pose, with one foot raised.

My Griffin was created on stretched water-colour paper using Inktense and Staedtler water-colour pencils. It was outlined in ink using a micron pen.

Gouache was used to highlight the pupil areas of the animals, and on the head, beak and chest of the Griffin.

I am still debating as to how best to outline the box around him, whether to use a thicker black pen line, or gold acrylic to change the upper outer dimensions of the border better...it's not quite as skewed-to-the-right-looking IRL; but it scanned too shadowy, so I had to resort to using a camera; I"m afraid not quite angled right..!:lol:

If I go with the gold, then I'd also do the yellow inside border the same...maybe!

Anyway, thought it was about time I posted him!

Cheers to all!:D

05-06-2009, 02:34 PM
Azul, your serpent looks happy to shed his/her skin. Wild goose, I love griffins with or without gold paint (though, that would be nice) It's been a treat reading all the links.

Here's mine, and I had a tantrum of my own because my favorite brush kept splitting. Gave up on trying to make shadows.....anyway here is mermaid and friends...

05-06-2009, 02:48 PM
High above the clouds one day
Two dragons thought to play
WildGoose, that's one cool griffin...

05-08-2009, 03:19 PM
Hello everyone. Wildgoose your griffin is wonderful and I enjoyed learning more about griffins too.

Trafford, I love the joyful atmosphere of that lovely mermaid surrounded by her creatures.

Pamzo, a terrific dragon battle going on there!

05-09-2009, 12:46 PM

Those little up/down-turned noses on the fun sea creatures are so whimsical; and makes the sea vista seem as magical as the mermaid...her sweet face ( and also that upper torso ) have a very Medieval look about them... a true fantasy vista!


East meets West dragons!
Playing with - what else? ;) -FIRE!

Just glad they're high enough in the sky above to watch!



Have one more take on the Grif and his unfortunate companion- will upload a "Transformation" tomorrow...

05-13-2009, 02:33 AM

Here's the Griffin and his unfortunate companion one last time....transformed into a Stone Rubbing onto parchment paper...

05-13-2009, 03:23 AM
That's very lovely. It has a real 'ancient' feel to it. Is it a wax crayon or OP rubbing?? Or is it digital? In other words, how did you do it?? I love it!

05-15-2009, 02:57 PM
Thank-you...it's digital, but think I will try an inkjet reversal image transfer of it onto some handmade paper this week-end sometime...
...think it would be a good candidate for that process; since most images done that way come out a bit on the "Impressionistic" side of things image - wise.
...guess I"m not quite done with seeing how much further afield I can take this little image yet!:D

06-01-2009, 12:20 AM
Well, a full 2 weeks later...here's the griffin as an inkjet transfer from the peeled-off side of used label paper onto dry, light gold-coloured ( Magna Carta) 24 lb. parchment paper...

..think it actually looks more authentic as a rubbing than the digital one because of the unexpected ,but usually pleasing imperfect nature of this kind of transfer-see the top streaking?-...after all, it was rubbed off one surface to another!:D


That there's a more verdigris tone to it came as a little surprise, too!

Many thanks, and a fond farewll to all who wandered here ...especially those who chose to join in for a bit!:wave:



06-01-2009, 01:58 AM
Very ancient!!

I once did some OP rubbings from cemetry headstones. The carvings can be rather interesting.