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Initial "M" (Multifarie multisque)

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Description A frontal human face adorns the place where the two halves of this letter "M" are joined. The rest of the letterform is adorned with spiraling vine-scrolls sprouting succulent foliage.
  • The Saint John's Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2009.
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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ca. 1130 (Medieval)
ink and pigments on cream-colored parchment of medium thickness
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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H: 15 3/16 x W: 11 1/8 in. (38.5 x 28.3 cm)
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