Half-section of the Chinese painting Night Revels of Han Xizai, handscroll, ink and colors on silk, x cm. Original by Gu Hongzhong century), century remake of the Song Dynasty. Collection of the Palace Museum in Beijing.
This exquisite celtic knotwork illuminated letter 'b' from the late century, comes from a latin vellum manuscript known as 'Evangelia Ottonis'. The notes at Rylands mention that it is possibly Italian in origin.- I love illuminated letters.
Axum, or Aksum, is a city in northern Ethiopia named after the Kingdom of Aksum, a naval and trading power that ruled from the region ca. 400 BC into the century. The kingdom was occasionally referred to in medieval writings as "Ethiopia".