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Historiated initial: Marlay cutting Z. 4c

An image of Cutting (manuscript)

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 110 x 120 mm, image within initial 90 x 63 mm. Made up of an image painted onto re-used pieces of parchment taken from the borders of a fifteenth-century manuscript and superimposed parchment sections containing the halos, the letters, and their gold backgrounds.

DECORATION: Historaited initial in pink with acanthus extensions on gold ground, images within letter on blue ground: [O] Bust of a prophet holding a blank scroll.


History note: Thomas Miller Whitehead, acquired in June 1855 (ownership inscription on reverse)

Place(s) associated

  • Bergamo ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


15th Century, Late-19th Century
Circa 1475 CE - Circa 1499 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


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Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: Marlay cutting Z. 4c
Primary reference Number: 181286
Project ID: 1429
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 September 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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