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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: MS 6-1979

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from an Antiphoner


Artist: Gossi da Gallarate, Bartolomeo




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 145 x 144 mm, two lines of fragmentary text ruled in hard point and two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: On reverse, the antiphon for the final psalm at Matins for the First Sunday after Pentecost in the Carthusian rite, Euouae.[Cito eun]tes dicite disc[ipulis eius, quia surrexit Dominus]; the initial D, which would have been on the verso of the leaf, would have opened the responsory for the first lesson at Matins for the Common of Martyrs in the Easter season, Domine iste sanctus habitabit in tabernaculo tuo.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of acanthus and laurel leaves in pink, green, blue and red on gold ground: [D] Carthusian monk accompanied by two angels and receiving a book from God.


History note: Merton, Sir Thomas Ralph (1888-1969)

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Method of acquisition: Bought (1979)


Fifteenth century, last quarter
Production date: circa AD 1480

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Accession number: MS 6-1979
Primary reference Number: 176519
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 2 June 2023 Last processed: Friday 2 June 2023

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

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