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Initial "I" (In principio)

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Description The shaft of this letter "I" is filled with delicately rendered palmettes. Green vine-scrolls ascend and weave in and out of the letterform, as if climbing a trellis. The letterform is topped by a frontal green animal face and two addorsed dragons, portrayed in profile.
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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