Example 64: Illuminated manuscript

[Note: This example illustrates CCO creator display option 1 for unknown creators (CCO page 92). In this example, the “Creator” field is linked to a Name Authority record for unknown German.]


Work Record
Class [controlled]: • manuscripts • European art
*Work Type [link]: • sacramentary • illuminated manuscript
*Title: Sacramentary
*Creator Display: illuminated by unknown German active in Mainz or Fulda, binding by unknown Mosan artist
*Role [link]: illuminator Extent [cont.]: illuminations [link]: unknown German
*Role [link]: artist Extent [cont.]: binding [link]: unknown Mosan
*Creation Date: illuminated in 2nd quarter of 11th century, binding from 12th century, with later additions [controlled]: Qualifier: illuminations Earliest: 1025 • Latest: 1060 | Qualifier: binding Earliest: 1100 • Latest: 1199
*Subject [links]: Extent: overall Terms: • service book • sacramentary • prayers • Mass | Extent: cover Terms: • Christ in Majesty • Ascension
Culture [link]: Ottonian
*Current Location [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, United States) • IDs: • MS. LUDWIG V 2 • 83.MF.77
Creation Locations [links]: • Fulda (Hessen, Germany) | • Mainz (Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany) | • Mosan (Europe) • Liège province (Belgium)
*Measurements: 179 leaves; text block: 26.6 x 19.1 cm (10 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches); text area: 17 x 13 cm (6 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches); oak covers: 27.3 x 19.8 cm (10 3/4 x 7 7/8 inches)
[controlled]: Extent: leaves • Value: 179 Type: count | • Extent: text block • Value: 26.6 Unit: cm Type: height | • Value: 19.1 Unit: cm Type: width | • Extent: text area • Value: 17 Unit: cm Type: height | • Value: 13 Unit: cm Type: width | • Extent: cover • Value: 27.3 Unit: cm Type: height | • Value: 19.8 Unit: cm Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: tempera colors, gold, silver, and ink on parchment, with hammered and engraved binding of gilt silver, brass, and niello • Extent: illuminations Material [links]: • tempera • ink • parchment | • Extent: binding Material [links]: • gilt silver • brass • oak Technique [links]: • niello
Description: Although the Ottonian book was written and illuminated in Germany (Mainz or Fulda, in modern Germany), the binding was produced in Mosan, a region in present-day Belgium noted for medieval metalwork and enamel traditions. The subject of the binding includes a gilt silver Christ in Majesty. Christ sits on a throne, blessing with his right hand while holding a book in his left. The letters alpha and omega appear to either side of him. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, they refer to a figure from the text of the Apocalypse, traditionally interpreted as Christ, who says, “I am the Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end.
Description Source [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum online. www.getty.edu ; Page: accessed 13 December 2006

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