Medieval Breviary Leaf c 1300-25 - Margin w bird - Happy Faces?


Original leaf from a medieval manuscript Breviary.  33 lines written in Latin in double columns with dark brown and red ink on animal vellum.(208 x 153mm - 8.3 x 6.1") 

Two exceptional multi-line illuminated initials extending along much of the margins in red and blue - the "I" has a stylized bird resting on the top!  Nine one or two-line illuminated initials (some with medieval happy faces?) alternating in dark blue with delicate red penwork and red with delicate blue penwork – most extending into the margins; numerous one-line illuminated initials in red. 

France, c. 1300-25.

The elaborate illuminated "I" begins a sermon by St. Augustine:   "Inter parabolas a domino dictas..." 

The one-line illuminated "V" begins:  "Veni..." (Come, Bride of Christ, and take the everlasting crown, which the Lord hath prepared for thee, even for thee who for the love of Him hast shed thy blood. Come, choose me and place me on your throne, as husband of the king).

A Breviary is composed of many books (prayers, hymns, psalms...) painstakingly but carefully written by hand, and used by monks and priests to conduct their daily services. 

Presented in an archival 14x11'' mat.

  • Inventory Number: IM-10145