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Initial "H" with St. Martin and the Beggar (Cutting from an Antiphonary)

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A cutting from an antiphonary (or a book containing the sung portions of the Divine Office), an historiated letter "H," with St. Martin giving his cloak to the beggar, on the recto. The illumination depicts the first nocturn of Matins for the office of St. Martin of Tours (11 November): recto:...

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By 1938, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes [see note 1]; 1941, gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes. (Accession date: December 11, 1941) NOTES: [1] In 1938 and again in 1940-41, this book was on loan to the MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes.

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Gift of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

Italian (Siena?), Medieval (Gothic), early 14th century

Place of Manufacture

possibly Siena, Tuscany, Italy


Overall: 17.6 x 18.2 cm (6 15/16 x 7 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera, ink and gold on parchment




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