Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial D: Flight into Egypt (2 of 2 Excised Leaves)

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Initial D: Flight into Egypt (2 of 2 Excised Leaves)

early 1300s

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

Leaf: 13 x 9.7 cm (5 1/8 x 3 13/16 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2011.56

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These initials introduce the text Deus in adiutorium meum intende (God come to my assistance). The borders include playful animals or humans engaged in assorted activities: a dog catching a hare; a lion; a peacock; and a woman winding yarn. The illuminators of books of hours, like the artists of psalters before them, continued to explore the possibilities suggested by open space on the page in order to showcase their ingenuity and delight the reader.

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