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Inhabited Initial, In A Collection Of Copies Of Papal Letters To English Kings And Bishops

Inhabited Initial, In A Collection Of Copies Of Papal Letters To English Kings And Bishops

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1120

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Cleopatra E I

Item number: f.40r

Length: 36

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This fine initial 'R' and the 'spiky' script are typical of the high quality work produced at Canterbury in the early 12th century. The initial is formed of an open-work frame, around which foliage coils, with a dragon for the curving right-hand limb. Within the initial itself a bald, bearded, man grabs hold of the back, and back leg, of a hare (?).

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