Item No: mcai260051
Additional Title: Legal treatise
Rare Book Department
Initials D and G
These initials, here filled with busts of two male figures, would have marked secondary textual divisions in a glossed copy of a legal text such as Gratian's Decretum or the Decretals of Gregory IX. This type of initial decoration is commonly found in legal manuscripts produced in Bologna in the first decades of the fourteenth century. Founded in the thirteenth century, the university in Bologna became an important center for the study of law in the Middle Ages. As a consequence, the city also became one of the great centers for the production of legal manuscripts, many of which, as these initials attest, were beautifully illuminated.
These cuttings belong to the same manuscript as Lewis E M 26:4 and 26:7.
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Lewis E M 26:4-5