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Six freelance artists, probably travelling professionals, painted the glorious initial letters you see at the start of each book of the Bible, each telling a different story. A total of 48 letters were completed.
Expensive pigments were used, including sumptuous gold leaf or paint to make the pictures sparkle. The blue lapis lazuli would have been even more expensive – it came from Afghanistan.
It has been postulated that recorded "mystical" and "visionary" experiences, may in fact be attributed to consumption of such mind-altering plants as mushrooms, ergot, cacti, etc...