Mar 13, 2008

Leaf Excised from a Psalter: The Nativity

Leaf Excised from a Psalter: The Nativity

c. 1260

Part of a set. See all set records

Tempera and burnished gold on vellum

Sheet: 12.5 x 8.6 cm (4 15/16 x 3 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.145.5



Traditional locations within manuscript psalters were designated by decorated initials or, as is the case here, full-page miniatures. These locations marked 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, possibly a cleric.

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