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Leaf from a Choir Psalter: Marlay Cutting It. 76

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Leaf from a Choir Psalter




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 450 x 350 mm (360 x 247 mm), two musical staves ruled in red ink, 14-17 lines of text, ruled in pale brown ink.

CONTENTS: recto Ps. 97, Cantate domino, on verso, Ps. 98 1-5, Dominus regnavit …dominum deum; the initial introduces Ps. 97 for Matins of Saturday.

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: [C, 6 ll.] Four singers around a lectern.

ORNAMENTATION: 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

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay Cutting It. 76
Primary reference Number: 181277
Project ID: 1416
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 14 December 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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