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Harley 1918 f. 105 Coloured initials
Coloured initials
Description: Coloured initials, and, in the right-hand column, an example of a corrected mistake. The scribe left a space for a coloured initial, and wrote the letters 'PM' with an abbreviation mark. The artist later painted a green initial 'S', because 'SPM' is a common abbreviation for 'Spiritum' (Spirit). In fact, the first word of the sentence should be 'Christum' (Christ), which can be represented by the letters 'XPM'. When the mistake was realised, the green 'S' was erased and replaced by a blue 'X'. 
Origin: France, ?N. W. (?Normandy) or England 


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