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Illuminated Zoomorphic Initial And Border, In A Volume Of Robert Grosseteste's Works

Illuminated Zoomorphic Initial And Border, In A Volume Of Robert Grosseteste's Works

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1410

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 E.v

Item number: f.228r

Length: 42.4

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Robert Grosseteste (b. c.1175) Bishop of Lincoln (1135-1153) was 'one of the most learned men of the Middle Ages'. His writings, on a variety of subjects, including theology and science, are voluminous -- this manuscript contains about 30 separate works. On the flyleaves are a copy of an agreement between the Prior of St. Mary's, Merton, in south-west London, and the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford, and an ownership inscription of Merton Priory. The initial 'S', which introduces a work on the Ten Commandments, is composed of a dragon-like creature with a tail terminating in foliage. The decoration extends around all four sides of the text, with lozenges in the three other corners containing faces like heraldic leopards.

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