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Illuminated Initial And Music At The Start Of The Hymnal, In The Coldingham Breviary

Illuminated Initial And Music At The Start Of The Hymnal, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.181r

Length: 25.9

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Various kinds of evidence in this Breviary shows that it was made for Coldingham Priory, about 10 miles north of Berwick-on-Tweed, in Scotland, perhaps at Durham: the abbey was a cell of Durham Cathedral Priory. The manuscript was certainly owned by a monk of Durham in the 16th century. The first hymn of the Hymnal section of the Breviary is marked with a large initial 'O' ('O lux beata trinitas . . .') filled with scrolling foliage and animal heads.

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