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Title [Manuscript illumination: page from an Antiphonal or a Gradual]
Collection Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Date [late 13th century] - [early 14th century]
Id Number Current Accession F.20
Id Number Current Repository 1205
Inscription T.E.B. number "3429", bookseller´s details (price 30/-)
Subject Illuminated manuscripts;
Material Ink and paint illumination on parchment.
Notes This is a page from a monastic Choir book. The size of the manuscript page indicates that it would have been used by a choir; the scale of the musical notation and text also atest to this theory (see illustration in Brown, Documentation). It does seem very likely that this particular page originates from an Antiphonal (or Antiphoner), this would originally have included the chants sung during Mass. However, during the Carolingian period the Antiphonal's use was restricted to Divine Office, with the Gradual becoming the principal choir book for Mass.
This would have originally been part of the Central School's Teaching Examples Collection.
Object Notes Latin text (Gothic style, textualis quadratta) rubrics, musical notation, large illuminated Major initial "O", floriate decoration, initial on rectilinear ground. Verso - text, musical notation and an illuminated minor initial "H".
Object References (re. Antiphonals)
Relation References Book: Brown;Michelle.P;, Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms, First Edition, The J.Paul Getty Museum/The British Library. 1994.
Rights University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins Museum and Study Collection
Work Type Fine Art



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