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Initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting It. 80b

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Initial from an Antiphoner


Artist: Nerio




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 102 x 94 mm, two four-line musical staves ruled in red ink and two lines of fragmentary text.

CONTENTS: on reverse, antiphon for Second Vespers for the feast of St Andrew, [Cum pervenisset beatus Andreas ad locum ubi crux parata erat, exclamavit et dixit: O bona crux, diu desiderata et iam concupiscenti animo praeparata] securus et [gaudens venio ad te, ita] et tu exul[tans]; the initial L would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson at Matins for the feast of St Lucy, Lucia virgo quid a me petis.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in pink, grey and beige, which extends into medallions with pseudo-cufic script: [L] Martyrdom of St Lucy.


History note: ‘No 10’ written in pencil on verso

Place(s) associated

  • Bologna

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century, Early#
Circa 1300 CE - Circa 1325 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 80b
Primary reference Number: 181232
Project ID: 1420
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 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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