Possibly Mainz or Saint Gall, 9th–10th century
Jörn Günther, Antiquariat, Hamburg
This rare early sketch juxtaposes a standing male with a border of leaf ornament. Its function is uncertain. It may simply record motifs from another work that caught the eye of an artist, or it may be a pair of trial sketches—tests on scrap parchment made before the artist committed his ideas to another, more permanent support.