Detail View: Medieval Manuscript Leaves Collection: Bible leaf: "Dragon Leaf"

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Medieval Manuscript Leaves
Bible leaf: "Dragon Leaf"
Uniform Title: 
Bible -- O.T. -- Leviticus and Numbers
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Bible. O.T. Numbers. Latin. Northern France, possibly Burgundy [Pontigny?], ca. 1240 [ca. 1200?] Leaf from a Bible with an illuminated initial 'L' inhabited by a double-bodied dragon, thus nicknamed the "Dragon leaf." Text: end of the Book of Leviticus and opening of the Book of Numbers. Rubric before the illuminated initial: Explicit liber Vagedhra. Incipit liber Vagedaler quod est Numerii. Vagedhra and Vagedaler are Hebrew words used to denote Leviticus and Numbers. Red and blue penwork on back.
Latin Bible (Leviticus 26: 26 - Numbers 1: 19). Northern France (?), early s. xiii. 443 x 303 mm. Parchment. Single leaf. Double column; each column 312 x 98 mm.; 22 lines to a column; ruled and bounded; prick marks in inner margin. Large historiated L (beginning of Numbers), extending above the top column margin and into the gap between columns, of double-headed dragon in pink, blue, and white; 5-line initial L with red and blue penwork ornamentation on reverse.
Cataloged from existing description: Medieval Manuscripts in the Norlin Library & the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Colorado at Boulder: A Summary Catalogue
Cataloged from existing description: Medieval, Renaissance, and 15th-17th Century Manuscripts in the Special Collections Department, University Libraries, University of Colorado at Boulder
Purchased through an anonymous donation. Purchased from L. Witten, Early English Manuscripts and Illuminated Leaves, Catalogue 12 (1980), no. 41.
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Manuscripts, Medieval -- Colorado -- Boulder
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colored ink
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inhabited initials
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gilding (material)
Subject Geographic: 
Northern France
Subject Temporal: 
Thirteenth century
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Bible -- O.T. -- Leviticus 27-Numbers 1: 19
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Special Collections, Archives & Preservation, University of Colorado Boulder
Shelf Identifier: 
MS 314
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