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

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

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1110

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1023

Item number: f.65r

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. John's Gospel opens with a monogram of the letters 'IN' (In principio erat verbum: In the beginning was the Word), incorporating a bird-like head and claw, perhaps alluding to John's evangelist symbol, the eagle, which is drawn on the facing page.

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