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Ornamental initial from a Missal: MS 1-1957 fol.45

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Current Location: In storage


Ornamental initial from a Missal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 130 x 110 mm, five lines of fragmentary text and part of a four-line musical stave ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: Fragmentary text from the sequence, offertory and communion of the Proper of a Mass, Dominus vobiscum. Or[ati]o. Deus…/…Fratris iustificati i…/…[pos]tea dicitur sequentia. Veni / …resurgens ibo d…/…um deum. Off[ertorium]. Domine dues s[anctus]. Co[mmunio]

ORNAMENTATION: Pink initial [D, 11 ll.] with acanthus foliage and gold balls infill on blue background.


History note: Kept in the autograph album of Phillis M. Ellis, daughter of the antiquarian bookseller Frederick S. Ellis (1830 – 1901)

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1957) by Paine, B. F. W.


Mid 14th Century
Production date: circa AD 1350

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  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 1-1957 fol.45
Primary reference Number: 181189
Project ID: 8
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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