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Bifolio from a Bible: MS 2-2011

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Bifolio from a Bible


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, bifolio 520 x 772 mm, leaf 520 x 386 mm (362 x 250 mm), two columns, 30 lines, ruled in plummet, written above top line, running headers, thread from the sewing of a lost protective curtain above the initial on fol. 1v

SCRIPT: Gothic bookhand (textualis)

fol. 1r-v Judges 21:8-24, followed by capitula for Ruth
fol. 2r-v End of capitula for Ruth, followed by Ruth 1-2:1

Historiated initial on gold ground, surmounted by a tower, with a dragon at the base: fol. 2r Ruth, [I, 30 ll.] Elimelech, Naomi and their sons, Mahalon and Chilion, clutching pilgrim staffs and travelling to Moab, the four figures are arranged vertically in separate compartments surmounted by arches.

Orange-red, blue and grey initial [F, 21 ll.] on gold ground, with infill of foliate coils and large stylised leaves in blue, rose, white, green and orange-red, extending down the column’s full length into a dragon whose tail terminates in coiled foliage, for the capitula to Ruth (fol. 1v); gold initial [T, 2 ll.] on blue ground, with infill of white scrollwork on pink ground, for Ruth 2:1 (fol. 2v); alternate gold and blue one-line initials for capitula; alternate gold and blue capitals in running headers.


History note: Acquired in 1939 from the Hess Antiquariat in Bern by a relative of Salomé Burckhardt who presented it to the Museum in June 2011.

Legal notes

Given by Salomé Burckhardt

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ Northern ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2011) by Burckhardt, Salomé


13th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1220

Materials used in production

Iron gall ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of parchment Leaf: Height 520 mm Width 250 mm
Bifolio: Height 520 mm Width 772 mm

Techniques used in production

Penwork Egg tempura

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 2-2011
Primary reference Number: 207634
Project ID: 5277
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Audit data

Created: Friday 15 January 2016 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 28 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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