13th Century Medieval Psalter Leaf

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This is an original leaf from a medieval manuscript Psalter executed in France, c. 1200 to 1225. Written in Latin on animal vellum. It consists of 19 lines, written in small gothic bookhand with illuminated line endings of red, blue and gold. Both sides have bold ” inch bar borders with heavily burnished gold initials on burgundy & blue with white tracery. The bar borders are terminated by crosses on each end. Book of Hours are personal prayer books of a devout and status-conscious society and are not only works of art, but cultural documents of the their time. They reveal a unique combination of sacred and secular imagery – made of the finest materials, by the best craftsmen, for a small audience, which could both appreciate and afford them.


Size: 3.5 x 5 inches
Print Maker: Unknown (France: Paris)
Condition: Very Good-age toning, minor staining
Medium: Animal Vellum
Year: circa 1200

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