Robert L. Peters

17 July 2013

Counting with your hands…

counting_ones

counting_tens

counting_hundreds

(somewhere in 18th-century Italy)

I stumbled across these lovely images today… from an 18th century Italian book entitled Scoperta della chironomia, ossia, Dell’arte di gestire con le mani by Vicenzo Requeno, a Spanish monk living in Italy. The book examines the gestural techniques as recounted in various Greek and Latin authors, concentrating on representing numbers with the hand.

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