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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting It. 77c

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Historiated initial from an Antiphoner


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 117 x 129 mm, two four-line musical staves ruled in red ink, two lines of fragmentary text.

CONTENT: On reverse, part of an antiphon for the third psalm at Lauds for the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin (August 15), In odorem un[guentorum tuorum cu]rrimus adolescent[ulae dilexerunt te nimis]; the initial probably introduced the antiphon for the first psalm of Lauds for the Assumption, Assumpta est Maria.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of architectural motifs on a gold ground: [A], Assumption of the Virgin, with the Virgin borne up to Heaven by four angels.

ORNAMENTATION: verso: One ornamental initial [I] in red, height of the gap between musical staves, with voided foliate decoration in purple and yellow; the following letter [N], a display capital in brown with pen-flourishing in the same colour, filled with yellow.

Place(s) associated

  • Bergamo ⪼ Italy
  • Cremona ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth-century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1460 CE

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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 77c
Primary reference Number: 181231
Project ID: 1417
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

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

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