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illuminated manuscript

illuminated manuscript

  • Date:

    1450-1499 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, colour pigments and ink on parchment

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 81, box U

Physical description

Illuminated manuscript fragment depicting a blue initial 'E'? on a gold background decorated with flower, diamond and oval shapes. In the counter of the letter are three scenes, top right, a bearded man sleeping in bed; bottom right, a man holding a basket and key by a door and left the bearded man at the open door, taking items from a basket held by the other man.


1450-1499 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, colour pigments and ink on parchment


Height: 107.95 mm, Width: 95.25 mm

Historical context note

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

Cut-out historiated initial C (Parable of Importunate Friend)

NL (South). c. 1500
(95 x 100) mm.'

Descriptive line

'Parable of Importunate Friend', illuminated figure initial 'E' from a choirbook, Flemish, ca. 1450-1499

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1923


Gold; Pigments; Ink; Parchment




Manuscript cutting; Religion


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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