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Historiated initial from a set of Choir books

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  • Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Historiated initial from a set of Choir books. Production Place: Italy, Milan or Lodi. Parchment, gold, 218 x 175 mm, two fragmentary lines of text ruled in pale brown ink and three fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on reverse. Circa 1395 to circa 1400. CONTENTS: The initial H would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson at Matins for the Nativity of the Virgin (8 Sept.), Hodie nata est beata Virgo Maria ex progenie David, per quam salus mundi credentibus apparuit; fragmentary text on reverse, […]a Euo[uae]…[.n]escivit. DECORATION: Historiated initial in pale graded pink on burnished gold ground with floral and acanthus extensions into the margins which also contain gold balls and birds: [H] Birth of the Virgin.
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