Leaf from a Book of Hours: Ape Hunting Wild Boars (recto)

Leaf from a Book of Hours: Ape Hunting Wild Boars (recto)

c. 1500–1510

Part of a set. See all set records

Ink, tempera and liquid gold on vellum

Each leaf: 18.1 x 12.9 cm (7 1/8 x 5 1/16 in.)

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection 2006.13.a


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The ape and the wild boar symbolized vice in general and lust in particular during the Middle Ages.


Following the psalms is the litany of saints, identified by the blue text reading Letania. This repetitive list proceeds through a hierarchy beginning with God the Father and continuing through many saints. From each individual, the reader could ask for forgiveness. This list was customizable, allowing the reader to include saints important to them or their family. Surrounding the text is a scene of an ape hunting wild boars, symbols of vice and lust, that could perhaps be from a fable or merely be amusing or diversionary.

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