Description Two dragons with foliate tails and multicolored wings form the sloping sides of this letter "A." One of the creatures bends its neck to bite its own paw; the other raises its grinning face to gaze beyond the boundary of the page. The letterform is filled with spiraling vine-scrolls sprouting succulent foliage. From one of these leaves emerges a diminutive profile human face.
Provenance Priory scriptorium of Rochester Cathedral, England, 12th century [possible reference in catalog in Textus Roffensis, Rochester Cathedral Library Ms. A.3.5, fol. 230r; more certain reference in 1202 library catalog in British Library Ms. Royal 5 B.XII, fol. 2r]; Leon Gruel, Paris, before 1931 [mode of acquisition unknown, no. 1138]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters
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