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Leaf from an Antiphoner: MS 2-2006

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from an Antiphoner




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, trimmed along the border frame, 460 x 305 (385 x 230) mm, 9 lines of text ruled in faint brown ink and 9 four-line music staves ruled in red.

CONTENTS: Matins antiphons and response Aspiciens a longe for the first Sunday in Advent .

DECORATION: Historiated initial [A, 3 ll.] formed of bronze acanthus leaves and enclosing the Last Judgement, with full acanthus and strewn-flower border showing a Cistercian abbot praying at a lectern and accompanied by his patron saint.

ORNAMENTATION: Alternate blue and red penwork one-line initials with red or blue pen-flourished infill and extensions; capitals highlighted in red.


History note: Robert Forrer (d.1947); Swann Galleries, New York; Les Enluminures, 2006 catalogue, no. 17; purchased by the Museum, 2006.

Place(s) associated

  • Antwerp ⪼ Brabant

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Method of acquisition: Bought (2006) by Les Enluminures


16th Century, first half#
Circa 1520 CE - Circa 1530 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 385 mm Width 230 mm
Page Height 460 mm Width 305 mm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 2-2006
Primary reference Number: 170639
Project ID: 4561
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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