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Historiated initial from a Gradual: Marlay cutting Z. 14

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a Gradual




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 270 x 260 mm, two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and three fragmentary lines of text ruled in brown ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial, which would have been on recto of the original leaf, opened the Introit of the Mass for Pentecost, Spiritus domini replevit orbem terrarium, followed on the reverse by parts of Ps 67:2, [Exsurgat Deus et dissipentur inimi]ci eius et fugiant [qui oderunt eum a] facie eius. Gloria.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of two dolphins on black ground with red floral ornament, their tales extending into acanthus, flowers and branches with fruit: [S, 2 ll.] Pentecost.

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


16th Century, Mid
Production date: circa AD 1550

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Accession number: Marlay cutting Z. 14
Primary reference Number: 178466
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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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