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Illuminated manuscript. Cutting. Initial from an Antiphoner. Nerio (Italian). Production Place: Italy, Bologna. Parchment, 142 x 151 mm, two four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and two lines of fragmentary text ruled in plummet, circa 1300 to circa 1325.
CONTENTS: On reverse, antiphon to the Magnificat at First Vespers for the Common of Martyrs in the Easter season, [Lux perp]etua lucebit [sanctis tuis domine alleluia et e]ternitas tempo[rum]; the initial B would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson at Matins for the Common of Martyrs in the Easter season, Beatus vir qui metuit dominum. DECORATION: Historiated initial in pink, grey and beige, which extends into medallions with pseudo-cufic script: [B] Half-length image of a prophet or saint, holding a scroll with intended Hebrew script.