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Leaf from an Antiphonary: Floral Initial (recto); Text (verso)

Leaf from an Antiphonary: Floral Initial (recto); Text (verso)

c. 1475
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Churches had mostly two copies of this book because the clergymen were sitting in the coir stall on both sides of the high altar and therefore needed a copy for each side.


The leaf comes from an Antiphonale, a liturgical book that contains the melodies and texts of all the chants of the Liturgy of the Hours, the antiphons. These include the psalms, responsories and hymns, which are arranged in the book in the order of the church year. The antiphons served clergymen and monks or nuns for their service in the choir stalls of the church.
  • -1951
    Mr. Otto F. Ege (1888-1951), Cleveland, OH, by inheritance to his wife Louise
    Louise Ege (1892-1970), Cleveland, OH, gifted to Mr. Robert Gotwald
    Mr. Robert M. Gotwald (1921-2000), Cleveland, OH, by inheritance to his son Michael
    Mr. Michael Gotwald, Washington D.C., gifted to the Cleveland Museum of Art
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Ege, Otto F. “Manuscripts of the Middle Ages.” The American Magazine of Art 23, no. 5 (1931). p. 379
    Ricci, Seymour de, William Jerome Wilson, Anne M. Nill, and W. H. Bond. Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada. 1935. no. 27
    Gwara, Scott. Otto Ege's Manuscripts: A Study of Ege's Manuscript Collections, Portfolios, and Retail Trade ; with a Comprehensive Handlist of Manuscripts Collected or Sold. 2013. pp. 169, 290, fig. 88
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