Collection ID: 0023 | Metadata type: TEI
Lewis E M 24:6 Choir book
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberLewis E M 24:6
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)
PublisherFree Library of Philadelphia
- In this zoomorphic initial, the body of a winged dragon turns back on itself to bite its own wings to form the letter 's.' The twisting forms of the initial recall early Celtic interlace patterns. Although ultimately of non-Christian origin, Celtic design traditions were spread by Irish monks who, as early as the sixth century, traveled throughout the continent as missionaries. The monks established monasteries and provided them with manuscripts from which to copy the necessary texts for carrying out the spiritual work of religious life. In this way, the style of Celtic illumination was spread throughout Europe, creating a lasting impact on European medieval aesthetics.
- Initial S
- This image shows the reverse of a cutting with a decorated initial from a choir book.
Extent110 x 120 mm
- 14th century
- Song book
- Musical notation
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