Here’s a close-up of the so-called Chi-Rho page from the Book of Kells. The text on the page (not entirely visible in this detail) reads “XPI autem generatio…” and is the incipit of the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Notice the cats.
This brilliantly executed carpet page is from the Book of Kells (folio 33 recto). The Book of Kells (Irish: Leabhar Cheanannais) (Dublin, Trinity College Library, MS A. I. (58), sometimes known as the Book of Columba) is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book written in Latin, containing the four canonical Gospels together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks ca. […]