Ink and tempera on parchment
Sheet: 16 x 10 cm (6 5/16 x 3 15/16 in.)
Gift from J. H. Wade 1924.1009
The Archangel Michael was traditionally held to be the protector of souls. His intercessionary and protective role is connoted by his combat with and subjugation of the dragon as related in the Apocalypse of St. John the Evangelist. The present initial F is a type known as an "inhabited" initial. Here, the initial serves as a frame providing a display area for figural representation within.
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