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Illuminated Zoomorphic Initial, In A Copy Of Jeremiah And Daniel With The Ordinary Gloss f.85r

Illuminated Zoomorphic Initial, In A Copy Of Jeremiah And Daniel With The Ordinary Gloss f.85r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 A.viii

Item number: f.85r

Length: 275

Width: 178

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In the Middle Ages monasteries and other libraries tried to obtain copies of various essential texts. Among the most essential were the various books of the Bible, accompanied by a standard commentary, the 'Ordinary Gloss'. A compete set of the glossed books of the Bible usually ran to many volumes, and individual volumes might have only one or a few biblical books each. This copy of the Old Testament books of the prophets Jeremiah and Daniel was owned in the Middle Ages by Worcester Cathedral, according to a later note on a flyleaf. This initial 'A', formed of two lion-like creatures and a dragon-like creature, introduces the start of Daniel. Immediately above it a space for a rubric has been left blank, so a later reader has added a title in the upper margin in brown leadpoint.

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