Inhabited Initial, In Augustine, Commentary On The Psalms, Psalms 101-150
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
St. Augustine (354-430) has been described as 'one of the most prolific geniuses that humanity has ever known'. He wrote dozens of works, amounting to millions of words, on a variety of subjects. His Commentary on the 150 Psalms--so long that is was often divided into several volumes--was one of the most important. This copy was written at the cathedral priory of Rochester.
Psalm 109 is marked by a fine decorated initial 'Q', containing two dog-like creatures, and whose tail is formed of a bearded man.