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Leaf on vellum from a manuscript Breviary.
Selling price: $225
The calf whose skin was used for this piece of parchment grazed the gently rolling hills of Flanders at the time of the last Crusades!! The vellum is quite firm: the booklet, a breviary, was meant to be carried about, every day, by traveling monks.
The most striking feature of this leaf is the winged monster in the left margin of the recto: a bird's head and wings in blue with gold leaf and mauve!!
The initials are in blue and gold.
The text is from the psalms, beginning with 112,9b:[ Qui habitare facit sterilem in domo ma]trem filiorum laetantem [Who maketh a barren woman to dwell in a house,] the joyful mother of children.
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