5 months ago
About 1100 AD a woman was buried near her home, a small monastery, in Dalheim Germany. Lodged in her teeth, were brilliant ultramarine flecks of lapis lazuli. During her time, this stone was so rare and so precious that the pigment it rendered was used only on the most valuable medieval manuscripts by the most venerated illuminators. This woman was one of these scribes and when the ends of her brush became frayed, she used her mouth to smooth them, getting a bit of paint in her teeth for archaeologists to find 1,000 years later. That medieval women were writers and painters is traditionally an ill-founded assumption. One thinks of monks, not nuns, working in a scriptorium. I'm very happy that the role of medieval women in this conventionally male space is being re-evaluated because Gerta here didn't brush her teeth.
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