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Illuminated Initial, In Glossed Books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy f.148v

Illuminated Initial, In Glossed Books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy f.148v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1190

Shelfmark: Royal MS 3 C.ix

Item number: f.148v

Length: 36.5

Width: 25.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

During the course of the 12th century a series of standard glosses (interpretations) were compiled for each book of the Bible, and these became standard texts in monastic libraries all across Europe. This volume contains the Old Testament books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, each with their gloss. This copy was apparently given to the cathedral priory of Rochester by Ralph de Ros, who was prior in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. This initial 'H' introduces Deuteronomy. The style of illumination, with little 'white lions' clambering among predominantly blue and orange spiralling foliage, is typical of the so-called 'Channel style' that flourished on both sides of the English Channel in the decades around the year 1200.

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