Christine Cox

Books, Miniatures, Writing and Supports
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6th c—Insular Majuscule developed in Ireland from Half-Uncial; innovations include ligatures, creative stretching and shaping of letters and wedged or triangular serifs. Pen held almost horizontally.

For less important material and for glosses, Irish scribes developed Insular miniscule; included ascenders, descenders and serifs. Pen was held diagonally for speed.

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By the 6th century—Uncial script (majuscule) becoming highly artificialized and Half-Uncial beginning to take on characteristics of lowercase letters; more ascenders and descenders. Half-Uncial begins to flourish and remains popular until 9th century.

Find out more on Wikipedia: Uncial.

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6th Century: The codex format (folded, hand-written pages, sewn together) is becoming established throughout Byzantine, Greek, North African and Middle Eastern regions.

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By the 6th century – Chinese characters introduced to Japan by Buddhists.

From Wikipedia: “The Japanese language had no written form at the time Chinese characters were introduced, and texts were written and read only in Chinese. Later, during the Heian period (794–1185), however, a system known as kanbun emerged, which involved using Chinese text with diacritical marks to allow Japanese speakers to restructure and read Chinese sentences, by changing word order and adding particles and verb endings, in accordance with the rules of Japanese grammar.”

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5th c – Oldest surviving biblical manuscript; first editions of Christian Bible Quedlinburg Italia – Fragments of 6 folios from a large illuminated manuscript of an Old Latin translation of the Christian Bible (probably produced in Rome in 420s or 430s).  Pieces were reused in bindings of other books bound in 1618 in Quedlinburg, Germany. Uncial script.

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Mandrel for Tiny Jump Rings
(A typically occasional metalsmithing series by Christine Cox)

Use a piece of steel tie wire as a mandrel when making tiny jump rings. It doesn’t bend as much as copper, nickel-silver or brass so it’s a lot easier to wrap the jump ring wire around it. I like to capture both the tie wire and the jump ring wire in a small vise and then use a pair of flatnose pliers and my fingers to manipulate the jump ring wire around the tie wire.

Gothic Script

Gothic, I will tell you candidly
I loathe you paleographically
Your thick strokes and nonexistent thins
Offspring of the Carolingians

Into the seventeenth century
The scribes wielded you like weaponry
You’re as measured as a picket fence
And your letterforms are just too dense
–Christine Cox

To show that Gothic script could be fatiguing to read, medieval scribes invented this joke sentence:

mimi numinum niuium minimi munium nimium uini muniminum imminui uiui minimum uolunt

“The snow gods’ smallest mimes do not wish in any way in their lives for the great duty of the defenses of wine to be diminished.”

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