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Pen-Drawn Zoomorphic Initial, In The Four Gospels

Pen-Drawn Zoomorphic Initial, In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 B.xi

Item number: f.5r

Length: 30.7

Width: 17.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This copy of the Four Gospels has notes on the final flyleaves relating to S. Augustine's abbey, Canterbury, and the main scribe has been identified as the scribe of a number of other Canterbury books, which makes it almost certain that this manuscript was written there. In addition to the Gospels themselves, this volume contains relevant prologues and other texts, such as this letter concerning the 'Ammonian Sections', which is a system of dividing the text into numbered segments, to allow comparison of the accounts of each Gospel. The main body of this initial 'A' is formed of a dragon and a griffin(?) apparently fighting one another.

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