Item No: mcai290131
Additional Title: Choir book
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Ornament in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts can be quite fanciful. In this initial, the letter E resembles a laurel wreath, a motif borrowed from Classical art. The horizontal bar ends in the torso of a crowned and winged caryatid, again another decorative motif with origins in the Classical world. 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.
Lewis E M 29:13-15 are from the same manuscript.
These cuttings can be dated to the 15th or 16th centuries.
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Lewis E M 29:13-15