Floriated Bible Leaf

Accession Number

Floriated Bible Leaf


Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
14th century

Medium & Support
ink and gold leaf on vellum

11 ½ in x 7 ½ in (29.21 cm x 19.05 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Carrol Robertsen

Subject matter
Featured is a double-sided illuminated manuscript leaf with a foliate border of gold leaf, blue, and red that frames two columns of Latin blackletter script on the subject of Genesis XII, XIII, XIIII, detailing the story of Abraham. The border includes a delicate ivy vine that sprouts illuminated initials. An illuminated initial on the recto begins the border floriation, which is then terminated by the illuminated initials found on the verso.

Physical Description
Two columns of light brown Latin blackletter script with foliate borders of red, blue, and gold leaf.

Primary Object Classification
Bound Work

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Unbound Work

Collection Area

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Medieval (European)
historiated initials
illuminations (visual works)
manuscripts (documents)
text (layout feature)

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