Celtic Tattoos from The Book of Kells

"The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript gospel book in Latin. It was created in a Columban monastery in Ireland or may have had contributions from various Columban institutions from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created c. 800 CE. It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland's finest national treasure.

The illustrations and ornamentation of the Book of Kells surpass that of other Insular Gospel books in extravagance and complexity. The decoration combines traditional Christian iconography with the ornate swirling motifs typical of Insular art. Figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colours, enliven the manuscript's pages."

-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells

Below are pages . . . tattoos . . .  page order . . . 


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Folio 2 verso


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Folio 3 verso


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Folio 5 recto


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Folio 19 verso


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Folio 27 verso

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Folio 28 verso


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Folio 29 recto


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Folio 32 verso


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Folio 34 recto


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Folio 48 recto


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Folio 111 recto

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Folio 122 recto


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Folio 124 recto


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Folio 183 recto

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Folio 203 recto


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Folio 209 verso