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Leaf from a Choir Psalter: Marlay cutting It. 74

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Leaf from a Choir Psalter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 470 x 342 mm (355 x 255 mm), two musical staves ruled in red ink, 11-13 lines of text, ruled in pale brown ink, early ink foliation 82 at lower right hand corner of verso (originally the recto of the leaf).

CONTENTS: On reverse, the Wednesday Matins hymn Rerum creator optime, antiphons, on recto, Ps. 52: 1-4, Dixit inscipiens [sic] in corde tuo … qui faciat, from the Matins office of Wednesday; the initial [D] introduces Ps. 52.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in graded pink, green and liquid gold on square grounds, extending to form partial foliate borders with spray-work and fruit and flower motifs: verso, Blue penwork initials [2 ll.] with extensive red pen flourishing using voided foliate motifs.

Alternate red and blue one-line verse initials with purple or red pen flourishing; text immediately following the historiated initials and the verse initials is written in display script, flourished in black filled with yellow wash.

Place(s) associated

  • Brescia ⪼ Lombardy ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Fifteenth century, third quarter
Circa 1450 CE - Circa 1475 CE

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Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Penwork Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting It. 74
Primary reference Number: 181275
Project ID: 1416
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 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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