Numerical Hands (1797)
Images 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 (as illustrated in the images below) on representing numbers with the hand.
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