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Leaf from an Antiphoner: MS McClean 201.12b.1

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Current Location: In storage


Leaf from an Antiphoner




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 475 x 345 mm (358 x 258 mm), eight four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and eight lines of text ruled in black ink on both sides of the leaf

CONTENTS: Antiphon and response for vespers, followed by the Invitatory of Matins for the first Sunday in Advent, Regem venturum, antiphons, psalms, and (on reverse) the responsory for the first nocturn of Matins for the first Sunday in Advent, Aspiciens a longe, which opens with the large ornamental initial.

ORNAMENTATION: Blue and red (darkened to brown) initial [A, 4 ll.] filled with interlaced foliate scrolls and surmounted by knotwork ornament on framed quadripartite blue and red ground with geometric designs; blue and red parted initial [V, 1 l.] with pen-flourished infill for the antiphon, Veniet ecce rex; alternate blue and red one-line penwork initials with red or blue pen flourishing; capitals highlighted in red.

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Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


13th Century, Late-14th Century, Early
Production date: circa AD 1300

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 201.12b.1
Primary reference Number: 178983
Project ID: 1500
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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