Item No: mcai290141
Additional Title: Choir book
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Ornament in medieval and Renaissance manuscripts can be quite fanciful. The vertical bar dividing the letter ends in the torso of a crowned and winged caryatid, a decorative motif with origins in the Classical world. Such displays of imagination usually carried very little symbolism; here, however, the cross and the bishop's crozier are suggestive of the ecclesiastical use for which this choir book was intended.
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