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Initial, border and bas-de-page from BL Lansdowne 463, f. 104

Initial, border and bas-de-page from BL Lansdowne 463, f. 104

 
 
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Decorated foliate initial 'B'(eatus), and a three-sided foliate border with a bas-de-page scene of a farmer's wife pursuing a fox who has stolen a goose, at the beginning of the Ordinal. Image taken from f. 104 of Antiphoner (index antiphonal, antiphonary), Use of Sarum (ff. 1-97v); Calendar for Salisbury (ff. 98-103v); Ordinal, Use of Sarum (ff. 104-133); Breviary, Use of Sarum (ff. 134-202v) (ends imperfectly). Written in Latin.

In medieval illuminated manuscripts, bas-de-page scenes are unframed, sometimes whimsical images that appear below the written text and may or may not refer to it.

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