Cambridge, MA, Harvard University, Houghton Library, MS Typ 1003

General Information

Title Antiphonary
Shelfmarks MS Typ 1003
Material vellum
Place of Origin Italy
Script, Hands

The text is written in a large gothic rotunda hand, with music on a red 4-line staff. The verso has an initial letter in blue with red pen-work decoration.

Original Condition

Page Height 460 mm
Page Width 300 – 310 mm
Height of Written Area 400 mm
Width of Written Area 270 – 280 mm
Number of Columns 1
Width of Columns 300 – 310 mm
Number of Lines 6
Line Height 15 mm

Current Condition

Dimensions 56 cm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation

Persons: For the attribution of the illumination to Neri da Rimini, date, and list of 11 other leaves from the same antiphonary (originally in 2 vols.; this leaf from the temporale) see Palladino, 18-19.
The initial letter "I" on the recto, within a foliated part-border, is historiated, showing Christ with a kneeling prophet (?), in gouache and gold leaf with tooling.


  •  De Ricci, 1706 (D.28A)

  •  G. Dauner, Neri da Rimini und die Rimineser Miniaturmalerei des frühen Trecento (1998), 226

  • P. Palladino, Treasures of a lost art: Italian manuscript painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Metropolitan Museum of Art 2003), no. 5c