Mar 13, 2008

Leaves Excised from a Psalter (seven)

Leaves Excised from a Psalter (seven)

c. 1260

Part of a set. See all set records

Tempera and gold on vellum

Sheet: 13 x 8.9 cm (5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.145



Traditional locations within the texts of manuscript psalters were marked by decorated initials or full-page miniatures. These miniatures designated the major divisions of the psalms as used in the daily office. The extraordinary quality of these miniatures suggests they once decorated a deluxe psalter made for a wealthy or aristocratic patron.

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