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Initial "L" (Liber generationis)

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Description Four winged dragons fill the compartments of this initial "L," the sides of which are adorned with succulent green and blue profile foliage. Two confronted dragons in the lower part of the letterform bite a diminutive human head, as if battling over its possession. The "L" is topped by a human face, painted blue, from which emerge two intertwined, green bird-like dragons.
Provenance Christ Church, Canterbury (?); Rochester Cathedral Priory (?); Leon Gruel, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore [date of acquisition unknown], 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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