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Initial from an Antiphoner: MS Marlay 18.iii

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from an Antiphoner


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 190 x 188 mm, two lines of fragmentary text and two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red on reverse

CONTENTS: The initial introduced the antiphon to the psalms for first Vespers at the feast of Corpus Christi, Sacerdos in aeternum; on reverse, Ps. 109 and antiphon for Vespers, Ps. Dixit do[minus]. Ant. [Miser]ator dominus.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of stylized architectural motifs in blue with foliate extensions, wreaths, putti and simulated metal ornament: [S, 2 text lines and 2 musical staves] Procession of the Host at the Feast of Corpus Christi.


History note: Pierre-Henri Gélis Didot (1853–1902); his sale, Paris, 12–13 April 1897, lot 111 (nos. 1-3)

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  • Padua ⪼ Italy

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


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Production date: circa AD 1460

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: MS Marlay 18.iii
Primary reference Number: 176530
Project ID: 1347
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 4 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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