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Historiated initial from a Choir Psalter and Hymnal: Marlay cutting It. 22a

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Historiated initial from a Choir Psalter and Hymnal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 131 x 138 mm, four fragmentary lines of text written on alternate lines, ruled in brown ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse, fragmentary text from Ps. 137: 3-4, [ex]audi me [multiplica]bis in anima me [virtute con]fiteantur tibi [Domine omnes re]ges terre quia; the initial C probably marked the start of Ps. 137, Confitebor.

ORNAMENTATION: Ornamental initial formed by an inner band of liquid gold and outer sections of solid colour combined with dense foliage with the same motifs used in the bowl of the letter: [C] painted on a square ground of solid gold with blue foliate ornamentation.

Place(s) associated

  • Perugia ⪼ Umbria ⪼ Italy

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


15th Century, fourth quarter
Circa 1475 CE - Circa 1480 CE

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 22a
Primary reference Number: 178379
Project ID: 1372
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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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