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Rabbit Baker Marginalia, In The Evesham Pontifical

Rabbit Baker Marginalia, In The Evesham Pontifical

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Lansdowne MS 451

Item number: f.6r

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. One of the most unusual features of this manuscript is its marginal decoration. On this page a rabbit standing on its hind legs is baking something in a bread oven.

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