These rolled-up leaves form a medieval roll. It was made in 1430-50 of six parchment sheets and contains transcripts of various documents pertaining to a single family - the Armburghs in Mancetter, Warwickshire. Rolls like these were common in Antiquity, but in medieval times they were largely reserved for documentary purposes, like accounting or, like here, storing factual information related to a household.
“The Winged Victory of Samothrace was painstakingly removed from her pedestal with a series of ropes and pullies then wheeled out of the museum on a specially installed ramp. One she was packed into a crate, the arduous task of moving her to the French countryside began.” (via The Louvre During the War) [This event was documented in candid shots by several photographers, chief among them Pierre Jahan]
Robert Polidori Documents Over 20 Years Of Restorations At The Palace of Versailles
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