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Initial from a choir book: Marlay cutting It. 25

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 6 (Upper Marlay): Italian Art 14th-16th centuries

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Initial from a choir book

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 263 x 260 mm, two musical staves ruled in red ink and two lines of fragmentary text ruled in pale brown ink on reverse, traces of paper mount with ink ruling.

CONTENTS: On reverse, fragmentary text from an antiphon at Matins for Advent, Veniet ecce rex. Eo[…] Alleluia. Evoyae; the initial may have introduced Ps. 1 (Beatus vir) and would have been on the verso of the original leaf.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded dark pink with scrolling foliate motifs in pink, blue and green on a ground of solid gold with painted foliage and flowers: [B] King David kneels in prayer, with his crown and psaltery beside him, in front of a colonnaded palace with city and mountains in the distance.

ORNAMENTATION: On reverse, two initials, the height of the gap between musical staves, in blue with red and blue foliate pen-flourishing, and red with blue and purple foliate pen-flourishing.

Place(s) associated

  • Rome ⪼ Italy
  • Bologna ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Late 15th century
Circa 1490 CE - Circa 1500 CE

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Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 25
Primary reference Number: 176546
Project ID: 1375
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 August 2022 Last processed: Monday 1 August 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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