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Inhabited Initial To Psalm 51, In A Psalter

Inhabited Initial To Psalm 51, In A Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Additional MS 38819

Item number: f.55r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Despite being one of the most elaborately decorated pages in the volume, this leaf has a prominent natural hole in the middle. Such holes were a common feature of parchment produced outside the most professional centres. The initial is inhabited by a bird and a quadruped, both curved to follow the shape of the initial 'Q', whose tail is made up of a dragon.

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