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Initial from a Choir Psalter with Hymnal: Marlay cutting It. 17

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from a Choir Psalter with Hymnal


Artist: Master of the Budapest Antiphoner




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 234 x 192 mm, five lines of fragmentary text ruled in pale brown ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: On reverse a passage from the hymn Nocte surgentes, sung at Matins every Sunday from the third Sunday after Pentecost to the last Sunday in September, pariter canen[tes cum suis sanc]tis. mereamur [aulam ingre]di celi simul et [beatam ducer]e vitam. [Praestet no]bis deitas bea[ta]; the initial B, originally on the verso of the leaf, would have introduced Psalm 1, which followed this hymn, Beatus vir qui non abiit in consilio impiorum.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in gold with punchwork and painted floral motifs: [B] David kneeling penitent before God in the upper compartment and in the lower compartment St Francis surrounded by angels personifying Poverty, Obedience and Charity, with two sacred monograms of YHS within sunbursts and a roundel with half-length portrait of Bernardino of Siena surrounded by rays on dark red ground to the right of the initial, and to the left, three roundels housing half-length portraits of St Anthony of Padua, the Virgin and Child, and St Clare, each surrounded by punched gold and scrolling painted acanthus, once part of an elaborate historiated border.


History note: Pencil note ‘No. 1’ on reverse

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


Fifteenth century, second quarter
Circa 1444 CE - Circa 1450 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 17
Primary reference Number: 176541
Project ID: 1368
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 1 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 1 September 2021

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

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