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Historiated initial from a Choir Book: Marlay cutting Z. 13

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Historiated initial from a Choir Book




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 365 x 125 mm, three fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and fragmentary words on three lines ruled in black ink on reverse

DECORATION: Historiated initial [I, 3 ll.] in grey-blue outline on dark red ground extending into foliage and beasts at top and bottom, and twisted to form knotwork patterns, medallions enclosing six busts of prophets and Old Testament kings holding blank scrolls (except David playing harp) on either side, and five central qautrefoils set against diapered background and enclosing five days of Creation, ending with Adam and Eve.

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


13th Century, second half#
Circa 1250 CE - Circa 1299 CE

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Support composed of parchment

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Accession number: Marlay cutting Z. 13
Primary reference Number: 179006
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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