Zoomorphic Initial, In A Volume Containing Miscellaneous Texts Including Works By Walter Of Châtillon And Cicero f.100v
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
By the 13th century this collection of miscellaneous texts, which includes tracts on liturgical symbolism and on the calendar, and various theological notes, belonged to the Benedictine abbey of the Virgin and St. Botulf at Thorney, a few miles north-east of Peterborough. This is shown by an ownership inscription at the beginning, and a fragment of the mortuary roll of Ralph, Abbot of Thorney (d. 1216), which used to be at the end.
One of only two representational initials in the volume is this initial 'H' formed of a hybrid creature with a lion-like head, a bird's body and legs, and a snake's tail.