Antique text and sheet music painted on vellum. Was likely produced in a medieval monastery as liturgy music and reading. This sheet shows its age with some wrinkling, surface soiling, darkening, possible worm hole, edge wear, and a lot of hand stitched repairs. Tears in vellum were often repaired with hand stitching and a patch, of which this sheet is a great example. Also features many beautifully decorative letters in red and blue. Antique sheet music is difficult to date. We believe that generally sheet music hand painted on vellum was likely created in the earlier Middle Ages, while sheet music on paper that is hand painted would have been produced in the middle or later Middle Ages. French monks are known to have begun creating their own paper around 1350 C.E. Sheet music that is printed would have been created after the printing press was invented in Europe (1453 C.E.) and is therefore believed to have been made in the early Renaissance. These generalizations help give us an idea of possible age, but we cannot know if a piece was created in an area that adopted new techniques early or clung to past methods later. Fair condition overall. Sheet measures approx. 19.5 x 14 inches. Priced as-is. This sheet has a lot of interest and character, sure to be eye-catching.
Item Number: OTH229