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Historiated Initial (E) Excised from a Gradual: Adoration of the Magi

c. 1200–1240
Sheet: 17 x 21 cm (6 11/16 x 8 1/4 in.)
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Description

All the essential narrative elements—Mary, the infant Jesus, and the three Magi—are tucked into the lower body of the initial E. Although the initial is now separated from its original context in a gradual, or choir book, it would have marked the beginning of a new chant. In this case it is for the feast of Epiphany (January 6), which celebrates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem to see the newborn Christ. The Introit for that Mass begins: Ecce advenit dominator Dominus. . . . (Behold the lord the ruler is come. . . .).
Historiated Initial (E) Excised from a Gradual: Adoration of the Magi

Historiated Initial (E) Excised from a Gradual: Adoration of the Magi

c. 1200–1240

Italy, Siena

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