Cartoons and doodles in a 17th century manuscript (AM 563 b 4to).
These images really speak for themselves: playful marginal doodles of the anonymous Icelandic scribes who copied out the sagas of Icelanders found in this paper manuscript from c. 1650–99.
In the first photo (and detail in photo 2), we see an elaborate full-page opening of Þorsteins þáttur uxafóts (The Tale of Thorsteinn Ox-foot), complete with beautiful pen flourishes, human figures –– the full figure in the corner wears contemporary 17th-century clothing –– lots of foliage, and even what might be a dragon at the bottom.
This is a fun saga manuscript (other texts include Eiriks saga rauða [Erik the Red’s Saga]) with a lot of doodles, suggesting that the scribes probably enjoyed copying these texts, or at least had a sense of humour about the work they were carrying out.
The full manuscript can be seen at http://handrit.is/en/manuscript/imaging/is/AM04-0563b#0000r-FB.
Post-medieval doodles, all smiles! I love the elongated ones.