IM-3123: (290x193mm) Original leaf from a medieval manuscript folio Bible with illuminations from the Johannes Grusch Workshop. Latin gothic script, hand-written in brown ink, on animal vellum. Rubricated chapter numbers, initials and marginalia in red and blue. 49 lines of text in double columns. France: Paris, c. 1247.
One six-line illuminated initial in blue with white tracery and an interior painting in colors of red, orange, blue, gray and gold, depicting a seated St. Paul resting his hand on a sword. The initial sits on a pink ground with white tracery and extends over half the length of the center margin in blue, gold, orange, pink and white. One six-line initial illuminated initial in pink with white tracery and an elaborate internal design in pink, blue, orange gold and white tracery; setting on a square ground of blue and burnished gold with white tracery. Two two-line initials alternating in red with blue pen-work, & blue with red pen-work, extending into the margin.
The large size of the page is unusual in 13th century Bible production!
This leaf contains text from Romans 16:3 through I Corinthians 3:2: ''adiutores meos in Christo Iesu...'' (my helpers in Christ Jesus...). The historiated ''P'' opens the Book of I Corinthians ''Paulus vocatus...'' Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God...).