LAY FRATERNITY STATUTES (DALMATIA)

MS 1391
MS Short Title LAY FRATERNITY STATUTES (DALMATIA)
Text STATUTES OR RULES OF ASSOCIATION OF A LAY FRATERNITY, CH. 12 - 16, LISTING CITIES IN NORTHERN DALMATIA AND OFFSHORE ISLANDS IN THE ADRIATIC WHERE MEMBERS OF THE FRATERNITY MIGHT FALL ILL
Description MS in Croatian on vellum, Island of Krk, Croatia, early 15th c., 2 ff., 29x21 cm, 2 columns, (19x13 cm), 26 lines in Glagolitic book script, headings in red, 2 7-line and 4 half-page illuminated initials in strapwork and leafy design in red and black with yellow wash infill.
Provenance 1. Lay Fraternity at Krk, Croatia (15th c.-); 2. Predrag Milovanovich, Beograd, Serbia (20th c.); 3. I. Pozarich, Zagreb, Croatia (-1991); 4. Jeremy Griffiths, Oxford.
Commentary

The Adriatic island of Krk is famous for its long Glagolitic tradition and numerous medieval fraternities.

Glagolitic was a specialized script, used in Croatia and still retained in printed Catholic service-books of the Slavonic rite in Dalmatia. Examples of Glagolitic script are extremely rare. The earliest surviving MS dates from 2nd half of 14th c, but most surviving MS are from 16th c. Statutes like the present MS are not known before 15th c.

Place of origin Croatia
Dates early 15c AD

Location