Choir book

Item Info

Item No: mcai290123
Additional Title: Choir book
Language: Latin
Folio Number: front a
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Initial G
Notes: 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.
Notes: These cuttings can be dated to the 15th or 16th centuries.
Country: Country:Italy

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1499
Image Dimensions Width: 88 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E M 29:12a-b

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