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Historiated initial from a set of Choir Books: Marlay cutting Z. 9a

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a set of Choir Books




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 275 x 135 mm, two fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and three fragmentary lines ruled in black ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial would have opened the invitatory for Matins on Palm Sunday, small fragments from which survive on the reverse, [Ipsi vero non cognoverunt] vias [meas. Quibus] iura[vi in ira mea si] in[troibunt in requiem meam].

DECORATION: Historiated initial in grey-blue or pink with stylized acanthus, terminating in beasts’ heads, on blue ground with delicate white scrolling ornament and white dots: [I, 3 ll.] Entry into Jerusalem.

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


14th Century, Early
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1310 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting Z. 9a
Primary reference Number: 178551
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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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