Choir book

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Item No: mcai420273
Additional Title: Choir book
Language: Latin
Folio Number: 42:27A front
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: Adoration of the Magi
Notes: Although the precise moment in the liturgy that this miniature begins remains to be identified, it was certainly for a chant for the feast of the Epiphany. The iconography of the black magus was fairly common from the fifteenth century. The motif probably originated in Germany around the middle of the fourteenth century and eventually appeared with some frequency in Flanders by the fifteenth century. The three kings came to represent the three parts of the known world: Europe, Asia, and Africa. The black magus alluded to a long-held belief that he came from Ethiopia.
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1667524
Country: Country:Flanders

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1515
Image Dimensions Width: 98 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E M 42:27A-B

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