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Illuminated Initial And Music For the Feast Of St. Cuthbert, In The Coldingham Breviary

Illuminated Initial And Music For the Feast Of St. Cuthbert, In The Coldingham Breviary

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Harley MS 4664

Item number: f.187r

Length: 25.9

Width: 17.7

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. Most hymns in the Hymnal do not have an illuminated initial--they have a small initial in blue and red--but an exception is made for the initial introducing the hymns to be sung on St. Cuthbert's day.

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