Tempera and gold on parchment
Sheet: 15.1 x 9.2 cm (5 15/16 x 3 5/8 in.)
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.280
Peacocks were often used in medieval Christian art as a symbol of the resurrection and eternal life.
This leaf came from a book of hours, a devotional book popular in the Middle Ages. They contained prayers that a devoted individual would use throughout the day. It has been estimated that 1 in 15 households owned a book of hours, although this luxurious example could only have belonged to an aristocratic household.
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