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Decorated Initial And Run-Over Symbols, In A Psalter-Hours

Decorated Initial And Run-Over Symbols, In A Psalter-Hours

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21927

Item number: f.55v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Decuman, a saint who appears relatively rarely in manuscripts, occurs in the Litany of this manuscript, and it is probably on that basis that it has been attributed to Muchelney (a few miles from Langport, in Somerset). Decuman is absent from the calendar, however, and other entries (such as an emphasis on St. Cuthbert) suggest an origin in the north of England. Run-over symbols on this page include the heads of a human, bird, and animal, and foliate motifs.

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