Antiphonary (Cistercian Use)

Medieval (Gothic)
14th century

Place of Manufacture: Europe, Germany


Overall (page dimensions): 25.7 x 22.4 cm (10 1/8 x 8 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on parchment

Not On View





One of two leaves from an antiphonary, a book containing the sung portions of the Divine Office (see also MFA 17.529), written at a German Cistercian abbey:

Office De Macchabeis (Summer Sundays):
P. Mag. R. Exaudiat do…/R. O vestrum in lege…/R. Tua est potentia tuum…/…v. Creator omnium deus…

1 column and 7 (of at least 8) staves; text in Latin. Bounding lines in red, doubled and full-length to upper and lower edges, writing lines in blind or light plummet. Heightened square neumes on a four-line red staff, c- or f-clef.

Written in a Gothic script in black ink with red rubrics. Responsories begin with staff-high initial in black with red and white foliate infill, or vice versa. Antiphons and versicle initials are black stroked with red. Recto: Christ in Majesty, seated, right hand raised in benediction, left hand holding book, in the letter [O] (for “O vestrum…”), in purple, green, and red wash.


By 1913, Dr. Denman Waldo Ross (1853-1935), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 1917, gift of Dr. Denman Waldo Ross. (Accession date: February 15, 1917)

[1] From 1913 until it was accessioned, this manuscript was on loan to the MFA from Dr. Denman Waldo Ross.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection