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Initial from an Antiphoner: Marlay cutting It. 82

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Initial from an Antiphoner


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 91 x 100 mm, one four-line musical stave ruled in red ink, one line of fragmentary text ruled in pale brown ink.

CONTENTS: On reverse, fragmentary text from the Matins Hymn, Virginis proles, for the Common for the Nativity of a Virgin, [et comp]ar tibi [utriusque semper]; the initial, which would have been on the verso of the leaf, introduced the antiphon for the psalms of the first nocturn at Matins for the feast of the Commemoration of St Clare (12 Aug.), O quam pulcra est casta generation; the office for St Clare was mostly taken from the Common of the Nativity of a Virgin.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in pink and green with foliate motifs on a square ground of solid gold: [O] St Clare.


History note: Carl Wiesböck (signature on verso: C. Wiesbochus 1845); pencil note No 8 on verso; Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912); his bequest, 1912.

Acquisition and important dates

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


Mid 15th century
Production date: circa AD 1450

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Materials used in production

Parchment Gold

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 82
Primary reference Number: 181235
Project ID: 1422
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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