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Auction 106, Lot 621

"[Antiphonal Leaf]", Anon.

Subject: Music

Period: 1280 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 21.5 inches
38.1 x 54.6 cm
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The origins of liturgical music traditionally date back to St. Gregory the Great (d. 604), who was inspired by the Holy Dove to record the principles of 'Gregorian' chant. The Gradual contained the musical parts of the Missal and was sung from the steps (gradus) of the altar. The Antiphoner contained the musical sections of the Breviary. These terms have become interchangeable in modern times. Because of their size and complexity, these manuscripts were still being handmade in the traditional way for centuries after the introduction of printing. They were boldly hand-written and illuminated on large sheets of sturdy vellum so that the entire choir could read from one book.

Very early vellum leaf with seven staves of four-line music boldly written in red and black ink with three initials decorated with delicate penwork.


Condition: B

Light soil in margins and a couple of minor spots.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $275

Closed on 3/3/2004