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Medieval Books, Codices, and Crowns

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Gardens, Herbals, and Codices

Medieval Herbals

Tiles from a 16th Century Kitchen Garden - from illustrations by Ulisse Aldronvandi. Instructions for planting a medieval kitchen garden.

The Vienna Discorides - The Juliana Codex or Vienna Discorides is the oldest version of Pedanius Dioscorides (c. 40-c. 90), a Greek physician from Anazarbus near Tarsus, a town renowned for the study of pharmacology at the time. Dioscorides worked as a surgeon with the army of Roman Emperor Nero, recording animals and sea creatures, as well as the existence and medicinal value of hundreds of plants, roots, seeds, herbs, and vines in southern Europe and northern Africa . About 70 A.D., he compiled that information into a five-volume work of medicinal herbs and attributes. The Vienna Discorides was used by physicians for more than 1500 years.

Voynich Manuscript tiles The Voynich manuscript was discovered in Italy in 1912 but has been dated to 1404-1420. For more than a century, scholars were unable to identify its language -- some argued that it was nonsense, there were theories that it is an alien journal written by extra-terrestrials visiting our planet. Scholars now believe its unknown language may be Nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs.

Medieval Maps

Carta Marina of Olaus Magnus

Carta Marina, large
Carta Marina Sea Monster Map
. The Carta Marina Sea Monster map of Scandinavia is available in widths of 24 and 48 inches. In addition, there are 29 accent tiles, that focus on particular monsters or scenes, such as the Kraken, a tree that grows ducks, the maelstrom, and philsters. Meet the monsters and learn about the map.

Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros Star Map
Monoceros Star Map

Monoceros is Greek for unicorn, but the Monoceros constellation was unknown to the ancient Greeks. There are no unicorns in Greek mythology, but they do appear in texts of natural history as being native creatures to India. The Monoceros constellation was identified in the 1612 by Dutch cartographer Petrus Plancius. This mural is based on the map in Atlas Coelestis of John Flamsteed.

Unicorns appear in the predecessor of the medieval bestiary, the Physiologus, a second century Christian text written in Greek.

Medieval Crowns

Medieval Crowns
Flowers and Feathers, Medieval Crowns
based on the crown of Anton Seder, around 1890.

Book of Hours

Book of Hours Murals at the Hall of Laureates, World Food Prize Foundations

Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry.

Labors of the Months Tiles

Tres Riches Heures backsplash tiles

Tres Riches Heures undercabinet tiles, January and February. Two months per tile.

The Très Riches Heures tiles are available in two formats:

  • Limited Edition Murals, suitable for a large backsplash, wall installation, or framed murals. I made the limited edition murals made for the World Food Prize Foundation at the request of Ambassador Quinn. Des Moines, Iowa

  • Undcabinet Backsplash or Border tiles, six tiles, 10 inches wide by 8 inches tall