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Illuminated Initial, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts f.7v

Illuminated Initial, In A Collection Of Medical And Herbal Texts f.7v

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1195

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 1975

Item number: f.7v

Length: 31.3

Width: 21.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript lists herbs and other plants, animals, and birds, and their medicinal uses. Each is illustrated, but the representations were apparently copied from other manuscripts, rather than from life (it would usually be very difficult to identify the subjects of the miniatures without the aid of the text). This manuscript is related to several others, which seem to have been made in the north of England, perhaps Durham. The design of this initial, formed of dragons' bodies and containing interlocking spirals of coloured foliage, against a gold ground, is in a style typical of the decades around 1200.

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