Leaf from the Corpus Juris Civilis, Codex Justinianus

Leaf from the Collection of Civil Laws, Book of Justinian

Medieval (Gothic)
about 1250–1300
Author of text Emperor Justinian I (483?–565)

Place of Manufacture: Europe, France


Overall (page dimensions): 34.8 x 21.1 cm (13 11/16 x 8 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tempera and ink on parchment

Not On View





A leaf from the Codex Justinianus, containing the Corpus Juris Civilis, a collection of civil laws.

Corpus Juris Civilis 2:12:12 - 2:31
Ecce ennuis cui mandatum est ut petat…/…vel si fuit minora restituendi. Venit…

2 columns of 66 text lines in Latin. Bounding lines in blind, writing lines in blind, crossing intercolumnar space, prickings along inner margin, for writing lines.

Catchword “e contrarium” in center of lower margin verso.

Written in a Gothic bookhand in black ink with red rubrics. At rubrics, three-line intials alternate blue stroked red or vice versa. Paragraph marks throughout alternate red and blue. Initials and paragraph marks at the beginning of a line have red and blue filigree running the entire length of all vertical margins (in outer margins, filigree begins at paragraph marks near the end of the line).


By 1913, bought in Munich by 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