Bishop handing crosier to the abbess (Blessing of an Abbess of Nuns)
The crosier entrusted to the abbess is rendered in silver, although gold is used for abbots’ and bishops’ crosiers throughout the manuscript. Silver, the less precious metal, was probably used to signal the abbess’ gender and lower status. The partial bar border and ornamental initial A are decorated with foliate motifs. A bishop blesses a kneeling abbess in the historiated initial C. Two dancing figures, one clutching bag-pipes, are shown in the bas-de-page.