Rotolo salernitano dell'Exultet

Rotolo salernitano dell'Exultet
Museo Diocesano
Shelf Mark:
no shelf mark.
Alternate Names:
Salerno Exultet Roll -- Salerno Exultet Rotulus -- L’Exultet di Salerno -- Salerno Exsultet-Rolle --
Benevento or possibly Salerno, Sicily (Italy)
A roll (possibly assembled from the remaining illuminations of a much longer roll) measured ca. 8200 x 470 mm. before restauration in 1918, when it was separated into 11 sheets of parchment --
Date Description:
Late 12th century (?) or later
Except for the very beginning, the text of the Exultet is missing and the images have been sewn together -- some scholars say that it was never intended to include the text in this rotulus -- However, the figure of Christ and the V for Vere dignum are both in the direction opposite to the images, as though for a reader, but the image of the Crossing of the Red Sea is immediately next to it, instead of the text one might have expected -- note: Towards the end of the 19th century, though the roll was in very poor condition, it was still hung from the ambo of the Cathedral of Salerno during the Easter Vigil -- Based on 1917 photograph, the pictures read from bottom upwards --
Gothic majuscule (only the very beginning of the text is there [and that is not complete], and the V for Vere dignum) --
Type of Decoration:
A frise of alternating red and blue circular designs surrounds each one of the separate sheets -- the sequence of images (usually on a dark blue background) is based on the “Beneventan series” -- two images per sheet, except for the Crucifixion which fills an entire sheet --
Musical Notation:
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books Jumbo ND 3380.4 .E9 C37 1993 Non-Circulating (portfolio + commentary) 2nd copy of the commentary :Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection ND 3380.4 .E9 C37 1993 Non-Circulating
Commentary Volume:
Nature of Facsimile:
Complete full-size color reproduction of the entire extant manuscript -- The eleven sections resulting from the 1918 restauration are reproduced in eleven separate plates --
Publication Date:
Place of Publication:
Rome, Italy.
Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Libreria dello Stato
On special paper produced by the Cartiere Miliani-Fabriano -- Commentary volume by Guglielmo Cavallo and Antonia d'Aniello -- The 1917 photograph is reproduced on pp. 32-33 of the commentary volume -- the content and size of each sheet are given on pp.67-69 --
Thomas Forrest Kelly, The exultet in Southern Italy, New York : Oxford University Press, 1996, esp. pp. 239-241 (Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection BX 2045 .E89 K45 1996) --
Type of Text:
Exultet , liturgical, religious, roll