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Initial from a Missal: MS McClean 201.9h

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Current Location: In storage


Initial from a Missal




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 72 x 79 mm, one line of fragmentary text on recto and four lines of fragmentary text on reverse, ruled in hardpoint.

CONTENTS: Recto, fragmentary text, […]mus illuc tendat; on reverse, fragmentary text from the Mass for Rogation days, Monday and Tuesday preceding the Ascension, which begins with the Litany [In Litaniis maioribus et minoribus], and Collect [Presta quaesumus omnipotens deus ut qui in afflictione nostra de tua pietate] confidimus contra omnia [adversa, tu semper prot]ectione muniamur. Per [Dominum], and from the Secret of the same Mass, Secreta. [Haec munera, quaesumus Domine] et uincula [nostra praeuitate abs]oluant et tue nobis [misericordiae dona concilient]; the initial would have introduced the Introit, Exaudiuit de templo sancto.

DECORATION: Historiated initial in blue with segments of foliate motifs, on a dark blue ground [E, 4 ll.]: Bust of Christ holding a book and raising his hand in blessing.

Place(s) associated

  • Tuscany ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


12th Century, Late#
Circa 1175 CE - Circa 1199 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 201.9h
Primary reference Number: 181392
Project ID: 1496
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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