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Historiated Initial With A Tonsure Service, In The Evesham Pontifical

Historiated Initial With A Tonsure Service, In The Evesham Pontifical

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 451

Item number: f.15r

Length: 361

Width: 222

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Pontifical is a liturgical book containing texts specifically to be used by a pope, archbishop, or bishop, such as for the consecration of bishops and of churches, the coronation of a king; various blessings, for a bell and a new well, for example; and many others. A flyleaf note records that the manuscript had belonged in the Middle Ages to Evesham Abbey, in Worcestershire. The upper initial shows the heads of Sts. Peter & Paul. The lower, larger one shows a bishop covering the heads of three men with a white surplice, while two clerics to either side of him hold out his green-lined cope. This is part of the liturgical ceremony of giving a novice a tonsure.

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