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   IM-9705 - Medieval Breviary Leaf with elaborate initial



(205 x 150mm) Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Breviary.  33 lines written in Latin in double columns with dark brown and red ink. One exceptional multi-line illuminated initial extending along much of the margin in red and blue with a bird resting on the top!. Four two-line illuminated initials alternating in dark blue with delicate red penwork and red with delicate blue penwork – all extending into the margins; numerous one-line illuminated initials in red. 

France, c. 1300-25.

This leaf celebrates the Feast of St. Francis Assisi – patron saint of animals. The two-line elaborately illuminated “P” begins a hymn for St. Francis: “Plaude turba paupercula...” (Poor little group, clap your hands...).

A Breviary is composed of many books (prayers, hymns, psalms...) painstakingly but carefully written by hand, and used by monks and priests to conduct their daily services.

Inventory Number: IM-9705


Charles Edwin Puckett
Contact   Charles or Teresa Puckett Phone: 330-668-0032
Period: Pre-1600
Date: c. 1300-25
Origin: France
Condition: some vellum loss due to ink in lower right column
Measurements: 205x150mm
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