Inhabited Initial D

Object Details

Title:

Inhabited Initial D

Artist/Maker:

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place:

Hildesheim, Germany (Place created)

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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A centaur and a merman frolic together with a man, two animals, and a bird within the swirling trellis and vine scroll of an initial D, introducing the prayer, Deus qui hodierna die(God, who on this day). A bird at the upper left completes the letter.

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