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Zoomorphic Interlace Initial, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte' f.87r

Zoomorphic Interlace Initial, In 'The Gospels Of Mael Brigte' f.87r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1138

Shelfmark: Harley MS 1802

Item number: f.87r

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Although the main text is in Latin, there are a series of added notes in Irish at the end of each Gospel which provide the scribe's name: Mael Brigte Ua Mael Uanaig; his age: 28; the fact that he was writing in Armagh; and the date of completion: 1138. In the 13th century further academic notes were added, which suggest that the book was used for study in the new university of Paris.

The Gospel of Luke begins 'Quonia(m) . . .', the first two letters being elaborated into animal-headed interlace patterns.

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