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Madonna and Child, 1295–1300

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This panel painting represents an innovation in the history of western European painting and a moment in religious iconography: depiction of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus in Byzantine icons was traditionally symbolic. In the past, the figures were not humanized, but represented the qualities of divine beings and episodes in sacred history. This painting from the late 13th century by... Read More »

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Mapping Margery Kempe: A Guide to Late Medieval Material and Spiritual Life

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This website is a collection of resources, particularly strong in visual content, that examines the social context in which Kempe produced her narrative.

Maqamat al-Hariri, Garden Scene by al-Wasiti

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The image by 13th–century illustrator al-Wasiti (fl. 1237) is from the Maqamat (Assemblies), a collection of stories of a picaresque hero. In the upper half of the illustration, a boy in a short tunic and cap with tiraz embroidered bands, leads animals yoked to the saqiyya, a geared water-raising device that irrigated fields and gardens. The boy grasps the tail of the animal and carries a... Read More »

Maqamat al-Hariri, Kuttab School

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In this painting of a kuttab, or primary school, boys sit on a mat or carpet huddled close together with their writing boards. Boys, and sometimes girls, learned to recite the Qur'an at an early age, as well as the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic in schools called kuttabs. It might be held in a mosque, a building especially for the purpose, or an open courtyard, as in West Africa.... Read More »

Maqamat al-Hariri, Rural Scenes by al-Wasiti

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The image by 13th–century illustrator al-Wasiti is from the Maqamat (Assemblies), a collection of stories of a picaresque hero. The author, al-Hariri (1054-1122 CE), is an important figure in Arabic literary history. The illustrations belong to the Baghdad School of miniature illustration, and depict scenes of ordinary life. The scene illustrates aspects of a village life. Al-Wasiti used a... Read More »

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Maya Vase Database: An Archive of Rollout Photographs

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The vases include scenes of palace life, mythology, warfare, and animals.
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Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank

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The Medieval and Early Modern Data Bank provides straightforward database access to five sets of data on European currency exchange and commodities prices from the 13th through the 18th centuries.
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Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

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A rich database site that focuses on iconography (pictorial illustrations of a subject) such as this one offers many teaching and learning possibilities for several humanities disciplines, not just art history.
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Meng Ch'iu, K'uang Heng bores a hole in the wall Sun Ching shuts his door

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"Meng Ch'iu" translates as "Beginner's Guide." This text by Li Han, who lived during the early Tang Dynasty (618-907), presented the stories of famous figures in China's history and legendary tales. It joined a prominent genre of literature for children as one of the many instructional texts that took both history and biography as its focus. Not only would Meng Ch'iu serve as an educational... Read More »

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Mesoamerican Photo Archives

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The excellent images provided here can serve as a stimulus to further research for students interested in Mesoamerican history and in broader comparative history.

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