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Decorated initial with musicians

c.1260

Decorated initial with musicians

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    This decorated initial from a medieval manuscript shows musicians playing an organ with bellows and a hurdy-gurdy. There are many depictions of music being performed in manuscripts from this time, showing not only musicians and musical instruments, but also the range of settings in which music was played, including banquets, balls, tournaments, fairs, religious observances and funerals. Common medieval instruments included the harp, the lute, bagpipes, the hurdy-gurdy, the psaltery and the lyre.

     

    Shelfmark: Add. MS 62925, f.97.

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