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Bifolium from a Book of Hours

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A bifolium (sheet of parchment folded in half to produce two leaves), from a Book of Hours containing text from the Office of the Virgin, Vespers and Compline (includes Ave Maria hymn). 1 column of 16 text lines in Flemish, writing lines in blind. Written in a hurried Gothic bookhand in black...

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By 1913, Denman W. Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Denman W. Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917) NOTES: [1] From September 30, 1913 until it was accessioned, this object was on loan to the MFA from Denman W. Ross.

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Denman Waldo Ross Collection

South Netherlandish (Flanders), Medieval (Gothic), 15th century

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Overall (page dimensions, each leaf): 11.8 x 8.4 cm (4 5/8 x 3 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Ink on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts