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Decorated Initial To Mark's Gospel, In The Four Gospels

Decorated Initial To Mark's Gospel, In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1023

Item number: f.11r

Length: 20.2

Width: 13.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The origin of this manuscript of the Gospels is uncertain, but it has been attributed to Armagh in Northern Ireland on the basis of its textual similarity to 'The Book of Armagh' (in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin), and its artistic similarity to 'The Gospels of Mael Brigte' (in the British Library), which was written in Armagh in 1138. The start of the Gospel of Mark is introduced by a large decorative monogram of the letters 'IN' with an animal head, a clawed foot, and a heart-shaped 'tail'. A later reader has added a title at the top of the page ('Marcus') and numbered the chapters ('.1.' in the right-hand margin).

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