This is antique ecclesiastical sheet music in Latin, from earlier centuries, commonly known as an "antiphonal". These are normally seen as hand painted manuscripts on vellum (animal skin). The present example (19 3/4" by 14") is a rather typical example, with red bars, brown/sepia lettering and notes and a few capital letters in colors (in this case, one blue, one red). Condition is good considering the advanced age of the sheet, with overall wrinkling/rippling, and oxidation of the ink in a number of places, which has actually caused small holes to form where this has occurred. This, also, is commonly seen in these, due to the chemical reaction of the ink with the animal skin over the centuries. You can actually see the original pores of the animal skin in the lower left corner. Framed and matted, I believe these flaws will be minimized. The present frame is functional but not lavish. See the net for more information on these early music sheets, which were an important part of religious music, principally in Spain, where Benedictine monks would create these.
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