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Initial "P" (Primum quidem)


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Description Green vine-scrolls ascend and weave in and out of this letter "P," as if climbing a trellis. Two dragons roar at one another from within the upper part of the letterform.
Exhibitions
  • The Illuminated Initial. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1991-1992.
  • To Arrest the Ravages of Time: Caring for Art at the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
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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Period
ca. 1130 (Medieval)
Medium
ink and pigments on cream-colored parchment of medium thickness
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.18.107V
Measurements
H: 15 3/16 x W: 11 1/8 in. (38.5 x 28.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View

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