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Pen-Drawn 'Byzantine Blossom' Initial, In The Four Gospels

Pen-Drawn 'Byzantine Blossom' Initial, In The Four Gospels

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 B.xi

Item number: f.112v

Length: 30.9

Width: 17.2

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. Each half of this initial 'H' is filled with a single large plant-form with octopus-like leaves, sometimes called by art historians a 'Byzantine blossom'. By contrast the vertical bars of the initial are filled with regular uniform triangle and lozenge-shaped leaves.

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