Exultet Roll

Title:
Exultet Roll
Library:
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Language:
Latin
City:
CITTA DEL VATICANO (VATICAN CITY, Vatikanstadt)
Shelf Mark:
Ms. Vat. Lat. 9820.
Alternate Names:
Exsultet-Rolle -- Exultet rotulus --
Origin:
Benevento (or possibly San Vincenzo al Volturno), Italy
Dimensions:
Badly mutilated, now in 20 pieces ca. 270 mm. wide and adding up to ca. 7100 mm. --
Date Description:
981-987, rewritten at end of 12th century
Content:
The original roll contained the Beneventan text of the Exultet (some of this text is visible at the beginning and the end of the roll) with pictures oriented with the text and generally placed before the relevant text periods -- In the late twelfth century, the text was erased, the images were reversed and reordered to accommodate the Franco-Roman text with new notation -- Note: The 10th century original roll is the oldest surviving Beneventan Exultet Roll --
Hand:
Beneventan
Illuminations:
Yes
Type of Decoration:
“delicate color, touches of gold throughout, elegance provided by the border” -- This is the same cycle of images as in the Salerno Exultet, though the later also has the Crossing of the Red Sea and is in completely different style --
Musical Notation:
Yes
Call Number:
Special Collections Rare Books Oversize BX 2005 .B535 1974 Non-Circulating with Special Collections Rare Books Large BX 2005 .B535 1975 Kommentarbd. Non-Circulating
Commentary Volume:
Yes
Nature of Facsimile:
Complete, full-size color reproduction of the entire set of separate pieces -- The separate pieces have been reassembled in roll format, in the reconstructed sequence of the 10th century original roll (not the order required by the 12th century rewriting, see p. 9 of commentary volume) --
Series:
Codices e Vaticanis selecti 35 -- Codices selecti 47 --
Publication Date:
1974
Place of Publication:
Graz, Austria
Publisher:
Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt
Notes:
Commentary volume by Herbert Douteil and Felix Vongrey -- The text of the old Beneventan text of the Exultet followed by the text forthe Blessing of the Easter Candle is given on pp. 52-60, with German translation --
Bibliography:
Thomas Forrest Kelly, The exultet in Southern Italy, New York : Oxford University Press, 1996, esp. pp. 250-253 (Medieval [7th Floor Hesburgh] General Collection BX 2045 .E89 K45 1996) --
Type of Text:
chant, Exultet , liturgical, religious