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Decorated Initial, In 'The Bible Of Brother Gervase Of Bangor' f.33v

Decorated Initial, In 'The Bible Of Brother Gervase Of Bangor' f.33v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1240

Shelfmark: Additional MS 54232

Item number: f.33v

Length: 21.1

Width: 14

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This is a typical mid-13th-century Bible: written in small script in two columns on very fine parchment. This style of 'pocket' Bible was developed in Paris, probably for the use of Dominicans, who needed to have a portable copy of a standardised text. This manuscript has an inscription of circa 1300, stating that it belonged to Brother Gervase of Bangor--presumably a member of the Dominican house there--and that after his death it should be bequeathed to the Franciscan house at Llanfaes, in Anglesey.

The Book of Numbers begins with a decorated initial 'L', and the remainder of the first word ('Locutus') is written in large script. The lower left-hand corner of the initial shows a faint sketched spiral design: presumably the artist originally intended to paint foliate scrolls.

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