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Leaf Excised from a Psalter: Initial B with King David

Leaf Excised from a Psalter: Initial B with King David

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 1953.145.1

Description

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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