Skip to main content

Bifolio from a Bible: MS 2-2011

An image of MS 2-2011_6_201412_jas244_mas.tif

Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information


Bifolio from a Bible


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.

Legal notes

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

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

Penwork Egg tempura

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 2-2011
Primary reference Number: 207634
Project ID: 5277
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Bifolio from a Bible" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-07-07 05:53:36

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Bifolio from a Bible |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-07-07 05:53:36|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Bifolio from a Bible"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Bifolio from a Bible</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Reward diligence from the Bible

Accession Number: CM.52-1997

St. Barbara

Accession Number: 2307

The Mass of St. Gregory

Accession Number: 4004


Accession Number: 550

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...