Item No: mcai290123
Additional Title: Choir book
Rare Book Department
Ornament in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts can be quite fanciful. In this initial, the head of a bird of prey, forming the end of the upper curve of the letter G, bears down with an open beak on the head of a man, forming the end of the lower curve, who glances fearfully up at his attacker. Such displays of imagination usually carried very little symbolism; rather, their purpose seems to have been to enliven the otherwise flat surface of the page.
These cuttings can be dated to the 15th or 16th centuries.
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Lewis E M 29:12a-b