Inhabited Initial B
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German, Hildesheim, about 1170s
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and silver leaf on parchment
11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.
MS. 64, FOL. 58

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Within a large initial B, five men and various animals cavort among the vine tendrils in a scene characteristic of the Romanesque style. The figures include workers making wine, animals nibbling on luscious fruit, and two hunters.