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Decorated Initials To The Prologues And Book Of Obadiah, In A Glossed Twelve Minor Prophets And Job

Decorated Initials To The Prologues And Book Of Obadiah, In A Glossed Twelve Minor Prophets And Job

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 E.xi

Item number: f.49v

Length: 32.1

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the Old Testament there are four 'major' prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel) and twelve much shorter books of 'minor' prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). The twelve minor prophets were often treated as a group in glossed copies, such as this one. It may have been made at Canterbury Cathedral--the style of coloured foliate ornament used in and around the red and blue 'puzzle' initials is characteristic of Benedictine production--and it was certainly at Worcester Cathedral by the late Middle Ages.

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