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Manuscript cutting

  • Date:

    early 13th century (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 69


early 13th century (made)

Historical context note

Data taken from notes compiled by Rowan Watson. The full text of the entry is as follows:

'Cat. no. 138
4111 (MS 416)
Fragment of a leaf with a decorated 7-line initial A (red, blue and green vine stem the letter-shape, top of letter issues from mouth of animal, dragon heads within the ornament) ; 1-line initial in green, with flourishing , and red.

Inc: Angelus domini descendit de celo et accedens revolvit lapidem

Germany c. 1220
210 x 220 mm; written area (190) x 175 mm; 1 col.
8 lines of music (staves of 4 lines ruled in red, 12 mm) and text visible square notation

Transferred from the Art Museum, 1864
Pub: 1923 cat, p. 35'

Descriptive line

Cutting from an Antiphoner. Initial A in pink with interlacing serpents in blue, green and red on a gold ground. Germany, early 13th century. A duplicate number MS.414 was assigned to this object in error and was subsequently cancelled.


Parchment; Ink; Pigments


Illumination; Writing


Manuscript cutting; Manuscripts; Medieval and renaissance


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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