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Two columns of Latin text fill this page taken from a bible manuscript. A painting in a gold rectangular frame is located in the lower right column. An angel descends from a blue semicircular disc in the upper right corner of the painting and grasps a larger figure by the hair with both hands. This second figure holds a jug in his left hand and a plate with bread in his right. A third figure, dressed in a white robe, reaches up toward this larger figure from an enclosure below. He appears against a black background and four gray animal heads overlap his torso.
French (French (culture or style))
Leaf from a Bible with Daniel in the lions' den aided by the prophet Habakuk
1285 – 1295
Anonymous Gift in memory of Mrs. John Alexander
This Persian manuscript leaf is attributed to the 17th century Safavid period. Its format consists of two sections of calligraphy and a miniature (painted scene) in the middle. The painted scene features a grassy landscape with a mounted soldier and two standing figures. 
Iranian (Iranian)
Faramurz taken Prisoner, Shah-nameh of Ferdowski
17th century
Gift of Dr. Richard Ettinghausen presented in honor of Professor Oleg Grabar
A page from a Qur'an manuscript.
Moroccan (Moroccan)
Qur’an manuscript page
1767 – 1799
Museum Purchase
Two columns of light brown Latin blackletter script with foliate borders of red, blue, and gold leaf.
French (French (culture or style))
Floriated Bible Leaf
14th century
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen
A double-sided illuminated manuscript leaf with one column of seven staffs containing brown ink notes and Latin blackletter script. Some red rubrication is present. A large illuminated initial “S” is found on the verso, decorated with vegetal and floral forms in blue, green, scarlet, and gold leaf.
Leaf from a Gradual
15th century
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen
In this scene, a young prince, seen at right in his bejeweled splendor, offers reverence to an ascetic. The sage, nearly naked and with matted hair, sits on an animal skin. His right hand is in the gesture of exposition, suggesting that he is preaching to his courtly audience.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Oriya manuscript (unidentified), folio: A Courtier Visits an Ascetic. (Images and text on both sides; pair with 1985/2.144)
19th century
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
A nude monk on the top left sits before a Jina at top right. Three Hindu gods, Harihara, Garuda, and Nandi venerate the Jina in the bottom registers.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Jina venerated by a monk, Harihara, Garuda, and Nandi from Digambara Jain manuscript
18th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
Double-sided illuminated manuscript leaf with two blocks of Latin blackletter script framed by floriated borders of blue, red, and gold leaf featuring interlace and an illuminated initial.
French (French (culture or style))
Leaf from a Psalter
1200 – 1399
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen
A double-sided illuminated manuscript leaf with a column of Latin blackletter script abutted by floriated marginalia in red, green, blue, and gold leaf. Two illuminated initials can be found on each side of the leaf, as well as red rubrication.
French (French (culture or style))
Leaf from Missal or Book of Hours
15th century
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen
A double-sided illuminated manuscript leaf with three columns of text in gold leaf,&nbsp;red, and blue French blackletter script encased by a floriated border. There are two&nbsp;small miniatures, one on either side of the leaf, framed in arched compartments.<br />
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The illustrated compartment on the recto features a seated man wearing a long blue&nbsp;tunic and red cap seated at a table in an interior marked by a stone fireplace. A&nbsp;smaller servant boy dressed in a long tunic presents the man with a platter. The&nbsp;compartment on the verso contains a landscape with a winding river where a man&nbsp;kneels, dressed in pants and a tunic shirt, and draws water into copper jugs.
French (French (culture or style))
Calendar Leaf (January) from a Book of Hours
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen
This page from a manuscript features two columns of text written in Armenian. An animal-shaped initial, composed of two stylized birds pecking one another, appears in the lower right column. The lower left margin is decorated with a sidebar that elegantly combines geometric and plant motifs. The decorative elements are painted in pink and blue with touches of reddish orange.
Leaf from a Bible with decorated initial and vegetal ornament
1400 – 1432
Museum purchase
Illuminated manuscript page with Arabic calligraphy that is framed by floriated,<br />
cloud-band borders, stylized cartouches, and marginal vignettes.
Illuminated Leaf
1495 – 1730
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen