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Historiated initial from a set of Choir books: MS McClean 201.13o

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Current Location: In storage


Historiated initial from a set of Choir books




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 218 x 175 mm, two fragmentary lines of text ruled in pale brown ink and three fragmentary four-line musical staves ruled in red ink on reverse.

CONTENTS: The initial H would have introduced the responsory to the first lesson at Matins for the Nativity of the Virgin (8 Sept.), Hodie nata est beata Virgo Maria ex progenie David, per quam salus mundi credentibus apparuit; fragmentary text on reverse, […]a Euo[uae]…[.n]escivit

DECORATION: Historiated initial in pale graded pink on burnished gold ground with floral and acanthus extensions into the margins which also contain gold balls and birds: [H] Birth of the Virgin.

Place(s) associated

  • Milan ⪼ Italy
  • Lodi ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late fourteenth or early fifteenth century
Circa 1395 CE - Circa 1400 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

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Support composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS McClean 201.13o
Primary reference Number: 181942
Project ID: 1502
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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