Finely illuminated liturgical chant leaf c. 1500


Recto: Seven lines of liturgical chant and text in Latin written in a gothic script in black ink on vellum. Rubrics in red. The music is written on four-line staves in square and diamond shaped neumes. Five illuminated initials alternating in blue and red with fine flourished blue and red penwork.
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Verso: As recto, but with two illuminated initials
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Source: Italy.

Date: c.1500

Content: The third illuminated initial on recto, "H", begins the Gradual Hec dies quam fecit dominus exsultemus et letemurine a. Alleluya. (This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Alleluia.) .

Condition: This leaf is in good condition. There is a degree of ink loss to some of the neumes and letters, but everything remains clearly legible. There is a small hole in the first note on the first stave where the ink has oxidised. A page number at top right added by hand at a later date is masked off by the mat. The colours of all the illuminated letters remain bright with the exception of some loss of blue to the last "L".
The leaf is unconditionally guaranteed genuine.

Size: Size of leaf: approx. 570x390 mm. Text and illuminated area: approx. 525x290 mm. Presented in a museum quality mat, ready to frame. Certificate of Authenticity.
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Stock Number: MMU004

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