D is for deformed Some medieval decorators were born with a pen in their hand, others never got it right. I feel sorry for this guy, who tried to make a flowery letter D but ended up with oddly-shaped, deformed creations - including, at the bottom, a human brain. However, I also admire his zest and perseverance: an artist with pluck, albeit without skills. Pic: Leiden, University Library, BPL 111-I (13th century)
Terracotta horse statue, done in the Bei Wei style. Wei dynasty (386—534), the longest lived and most powerful of the northern Chinese dynasties before the reunification of China under the Sui and Tang dynasties, founded by Tabgatch tribesmen who, like many of the nomads inhabiting the frontiers of northern China, were of uncertain origin.