Glossary of Medieval Art and Architecture

historiated or figured initial : an illuminated initial containing a figure, a group of figures, or a narrative scene.

See also:illuminated initial, historiated or figured capital.
Other types of illuminated initial: foliate, inhabited, pen flourished.

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Image adapted from the Winchester Bible, Vol. I fol 109
Winchester Cathedral Library, England (12th century)

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