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Bifolio from a Bible: MS 2-2011

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Current Location: In storage


Bifolio from a Bible


  • Bifolio



PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, bifolio 520 x 772 mm, leaf 520 x 386 mm (362 x 250 mm), two columns, 30 lines, ruled in plummet, written above top line, running headers, thread from the sewing of a lost protective curtain above the initial on fol. 1v

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

fol. 1r-v Judges 21:8-24, followed by capitula for Ruth
fol. 2r-v End of capitula for Ruth, followed by Ruth 1-2:1

Historiated initial on gold ground, surmounted by a tower, with a dragon at the base: fol. 2r Ruth, [I, 30 ll.] Elimelech, Naomi and their sons, Mahalon and Chilion, clutching pilgrim staffs and travelling to Moab, the four figures are arranged vertically in separate compartments surmounted by arches.

Orange-red, blue and grey initial [F, 21 ll.] on gold ground, with infill of foliate coils and large stylised leaves in blue, rose, white, green and orange-red, extending down the column’s full length into a dragon whose tail terminates in coiled foliage, for the capitula to Ruth (fol. 1v); gold initial [T, 2 ll.] on blue ground, with infill of white scrollwork on pink ground, for Ruth 2:1 (fol. 2v); alternate gold and blue one-line initials for capitula; alternate gold and blue capitals in running headers.


History note: Acquired in 1939 from the Hess Antiquariat in Bern by a relative of Salomé Burckhardt who presented it to the Museum in June 2011.

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Given by Salomé Burckhardt

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ Northern ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2011) by Burckhardt, Salomé


13th Century
Production date: circa AD 1220


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Leaf Height 520 mm Width 250 mm
Bifolio Height 520 mm Width 772 mm

Techniques used in production

Egg tempura

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 2-2011
Primary reference Number: 207634
Project ID: 5277
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Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Monday 5 February 2024 Last processed: Monday 5 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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