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Leaf from an Antiphonal: MS 205

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from an Antiphonal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 450 x 310 (345 x 209) mm, 10 lines of text ruled in faint brown ink and 10 four-line musical staves ruled in red ink.

CONTENTS: Antiphon for the Nativity of the Virgin, Hec est regina virginum.

DECORATION: Historiated initial [H, 2 ll.] formed of gold acanthus on blue ground, Virgin and Child in enclosed garden venerated by two brothers of the Order of the Holy Cross, bar-border with foliage and acanthus extensions, a putto, tournament scene, and bird with scroll inscribed ‘gelr hogen moit’.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate red and blue one-line penwork initials.


History note: Made for a house of the Order of the Holy Cross, probably St Cornelius at Roermond, Limburg; MS 205 in the Museum by 1895; MS 275 purchased from Bernard Quaritch by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1911.

Place(s) associated

  • Cologne ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1911) by Quaritch, Bernard


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1510 CE - Circa 1520 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 345 mm Width 209 mm
Page Height 450 mm Width 310 mm

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 205
Primary reference Number: 169750
Project ID: 94
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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