Catholic Church


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Bologna, Italy

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Verso of a leaf from a Book of Hours in Latin, circa 1500-1510.

Written in single columns of 17 lines; ruled in sepia. Italianate gothic book hand.

One primary initial (6-line) letter "o" in various colors enclosing a cross, empty except for the crown of thorns and two nails, on a gold ground and sprouting elaborate foliage in various colors with a grey peacock perched on top; three secondary initials (two 4-line and one 3-line) in bright colors on a gold ground with foliate borders extending from them; line fillers in red and blue with gold decoration; outer margins blank with slight offsetting from a facing page. Rubrics in red.

Text begins on recto with: "Omnipote[n]s Oremus. Semptiterne deus qui nos omnium sanctorum tuorum merita ... "; text ends on recto with: "Per omnia secula seculorum. Amen."; text continues on verso with: "O crux ave spes unica."; text ends on verso with: "Salva nos Antiphona: domine vigilantes custodi nos dormientes: ut vigilem[us] cum christo et requieseamus in pace."

Original Format

1 leaf; manuscript on parchment

Original Size

18 x 13 cm

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