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Beatus Page, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Beatus Page, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1020

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.12r

Length: 29.1

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This manuscript is named after Eadui Basan, one of the most accomplished scribes of the 11th century. He was a monk of Christ Church, Canterbury, and wrote a number of books apparently destined for other monasteries, as well as books and documents for his own. In addition to having some of the most beautiful handwriting of Anglo-Saxon England, he was probably also a skilled artist, responsible, for example, for the miniature in the present manuscript. Psalm 1 begins 'Beatus vir' (Blessed is the man), and is often the most lavishly decorated part of a Psalter. Here the initial 'B' and the frame are sumptuously adorned with gold, painted foliage, and animal heads.

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