This initial V opens the Introit Viri Galylei quid admiramini sung at Mass on the Vigils for the feast of the Ascension of Christ and would have come from the Temporal section (concerning the movable feasts) of a Gradual.
The historiated initial is painted on a ground of burnished gold within two frames of light and darker green. The left of the letter is made up of a magnificent, winged dragon who swallows or spits out the right shaft. The dragon’s green body curls up with details of his spine accentuated in grey or white. The end of his tail is adorned with a red three-foil foliage, while to the right, the shaft of the letter ends in a small three-foil leaves in old-rose-beige. The red feathers on the animal’s wing are mirrored in the red band decoration to the right.
The illumination is characterized by many small details. Within the letter, the Virgin and eight of the apostles sit before bare green rocks and look up towards the angels and the disappearing figure of Christ.