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Leaf from an Antiphonary

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A single leaf from an antiphonary, a book containing the sung portions of the Divine Office. 1 column of 8 staves in Latin. Bounding lines in light plummet, doubled and full-length to upper and lower edges, writing lines in light plummet, with upper and lower bounding lines for each line of...

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Foliated by a contemporary hand on verso in red Roman capitals, "CCIII"; foliated by a sixteenth-century hand on recto as "c. 203".


1938, bequest of Nathaniel T. Kidder (1896-1938) to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 13, 1938)

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Bequest of Nathaniel T. Kidder

Page from choir book with illuminated initial

Italian, Medieval (Late Gothic), 15th century

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Overall (page dimensions): 54.7 x 36.9 cm (21 9/16 x 14 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink with gold on parchment




Books and manuscripts, Manuscripts