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Cutting from a Missal: Marlay cutting G. 1

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Cutting from a Missal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 245 x 213 mm, text on verso 203 x 150 mm, 6 long lines on recto, 2 columns of 25 lines on verso, ruled in faint brown ink.

CONTENTS: Canon of the Mass.

DECORATION: Large framed miniature on gold and diapered ground:
Crucifixion with the Virgin, St Mary Magdalene, St John, the centurion, two angels, and Ecclesia gathering Christ’s blood in a chalice, four corner medallions showing a priest celebrating Mass, the Martyrdom of St Thomas Becket, Ecclesia and Synagoga.

ORNAMENTATION: Green interlaced initial: [T, 6 ll.] with foliate extensions on gold ground; alternate red and blue pen-flourished initials [2 ll.]; alternate one-line red and blue initials.


History note: Pierre-Henri Gélis-Didot (1853 – 1902); his sale, Paris, 12 – 13 April 1897, lot 31; Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831 – 1912); his bequest, 1912.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


13th Century, second quarter
Circa 1225 CE - Circa 1250 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Text Height 203 mm Width 150 mm
Page Height 245 mm Width 213 mm

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Accession number: Marlay cutting G. 1
Primary reference Number: 170658
Project ID: 132
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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