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Illuminated Initial, In 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Illuminated Initial, In 'The Sherborne Cartulary'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 46487

Item number: f.39r

Length: 27.8

Width: 18.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although popularly known as the Sherborne Cartulary, this manuscripts contains much more than just copies of charters relating to Sherborne. Of about 90 leaves, the last 50 or so contain mainly liturgical and biblical texts such as the accounts of the Passion from each of the Four Gospels, and Gospel readings and prayers to be said on major Church feast-days. The contents of the cartulary section, however, leave no doubt that the manuscript was written for Sherborne Abbey, in Dorset. This initial 'I' introduces the Matthew's Gospel account of Christ's Passion (Matthew, chapters 26-27). It is the first use of gold in the manuscript--appropriate to the words of the Bible.

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