IM-10445: (400 x 302mm � 15 3/4 X 11 7/8��) Original leaf from an Antiphonal on animal parchment. The manuscript text & music (four lines of music on a four-line stave) were beautifully executed by hand in brown ink on a red stave in large gothic rotunda hand. One large exceptional illuminated initial in blue, red and green ink and extending the length of the leaf, containing whimsical creatures (including stylized rabbit, winged creature and elephant), a large sphinx and floral designs. Three illuminated initials in brown, red and green ink - two containing a face; two illuminated initials in red or blue with intricate green or red penwork.
Germany or Switzerland, c. 1350. For a comparable leaf see Reed Fragment 14, ''Manuscripts in New Zealand Collections'' #77.
The elaborate illuminated "L" begins Acts 2:4: "Loquebantur..." (The Apostles spoke in many languages of the great works of God, as the Holy Spirit gave them the gift of speech, alleluia. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began [to speak]).
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline.