Scribal Glossary

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Quick Terms

Calligraphy –

“1 a : artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering b : the art of producing such writing
3 : an ornamental line in drawing or painting
— calyliygraphyic \ƒka-l„-‚gra-fik\ adjective
— calyliygraphyiycalyly  \-fi-k(„-)l‡\ adverb”

Origin of Calligraphy

French or Greek; French calligraphie, from Greek kalligraphia, from kalli-beautiful (from kallos beauty) + -graphia -graphy

First Known Use: 1604

~ Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Script – What kind of calligraphy or writing it is.  Example: Uncial Script, Gothic Script, Insular Miniscule Script

Hand – The individual handwriting of the person writing the script.  For example in the Book of Kells we see the scripts of Insular Majuscule and Insular Minuscule. There have been identified three different hands of Insular Majuscule each peculiar to the scribe who was writing.

Decoration – Painting and decorative ink work (not a part of the script) on the page

Illumination – Gold decoration on the page.  Can include other metals as well.  In modern parlance it has come to include decoration as well.

Calligraphy Dictionary – from Dancing Pen Calligraphy


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