Book of Hours Leaf

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This is an original leaf from a medieval Book of Hours. The text consists of 17 lines, ruled in red, written in Latin with dark brown ink in gothic script on animal vellum. Ten one-line initials alternate in blue with red pen-work, and gold with blue pen-work, extending into the margin.The blue N” begins Psalm 27:3: “Ne simul?” (Draw me not away?). The gold “S” begins Psalm 27:9: “Salvam fac?” (Save, O Lord, thy people, and bless thy inheritance?). The gold “I” begins Psalm 30:2-6: “Inclina ad?” (In thee, O Lord, have I hoped, let me never be confounded?).The leaf is from Southeastern France, made for a patron most likely residing in Provence, along the stretch between Aix and Marseilles – a region host to scribes and artists from all over Europe.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.This leaf is encased within a double sided mat within a sealed plastic envelope.


Size: 4 x 6 inches
Print Maker: Unknown (Southwestern France: Aix or Marseilles)
Condition: Very Good-age toning
Medium: Animal Vellum
Year: circa 1460

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