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Lewis E M 16:13 De Noe et Arca
TitleDe Noe et Arca
- Council on Library and Information Resources
Call numberLewis E M 16:13
(Philadelphia, United States, Free Library of Philadelphia, John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts)
PublisherFree Library of Philadelphia
- Initial A
- This initial from a treatise on the story of Noah and the Ark by the Church Father Ambrose is a fine example of Romanesque initial decoration. The intricate interlaced pattern of the white vine scroll harbors beast heads that swallow the foliage tendrils decorating the inside of the letter. The head of a beast at the top of the letter threatens to swallow the whole composition. The blending of abstract design and natural forms are holdovers from pre-Christian ornamental traditions, such as those practiced by the Celts.
Extent113 x 162 mm
- 12th century
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