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Decorated Incipit Page
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Unknown
German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 85

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Bust-length figures in medallions frame the second of the incipit pages for the section of the missal containing the prayers said by the priest at Mass. Some of the medallions are inscribed with the texts of prayers said or sung in the Mass. The selection of pertinent inscriptions from the Bible and the liturgy demonstrates the great degree of care that went into the planning of the Stammheim Missal.

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Text around Wisdom
Text around Wisdom

Second from top, left
Second from top, left

Third from top, left
Third from top, left

Text around Jesus
Text around Jesus

Top left medallion
Top left medallion