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Pen-Drawn Historiated Initial With The Symbol Of St. Mark (?), In The Four Gospels

Pen-Drawn Historiated Initial With The Symbol Of St. Mark (?), In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 B.xi

Item number: f.46r

Length: 31

Width: 17.3

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. The usual symbol of St. Mark is a winged lion, and although it does not have wings, this is perhaps what was intended by the lion at the bottom of this initial 'I', at the start of the Gospel of Mark.

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