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What Do Paleographers Do?

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It’s nothing to do with fossils—paleographers are specialists in old handwriting. More»

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Time for a Manuscript Close-Up! Welcoming the Abbey Bible to the Museum

Erene Rafik Morcos documenting the Abbey Bible in the Manuscripts Study Room at the J. Paul Getty Museum

The 13th-century illuminated manuscript known as the Abbey Bible recently joined the collection of the Getty Museum—and when the special book arrived, the task of documenting it fell to me. This meant I had to spend a lot of time… More»

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      Peacocks were imported into Rome and bred there as exotic pets, sacred animals, and extravagant delicacies (especially the tongues!). 

      They represented immortality, and were often a status symbol. Painted on the wall, this peacock keeps watch over a garden.

      02/28/15

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