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Christ Before Pilate, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

Christ Before Pilate, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 302

Item number: f.39v

Length: 14.5

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This book of hours is illuminated in a style combining features typical of a group of manuscripts made in Suffolk, probably Bury St. Edmunds. Heraldry in one of the initials indicates that the manuscript was made for a member of the Hamelden family, of Holton St. Peter in Suffolk. This parish is on the outskirts of Halesworth, in an industrial estate where Bernard Matthews turkey products are made. This composition is more typical of Dutch than English manuscripts, and may hint at the training or previous travels of the artist. Christ stands with his hands tied behind his back, before Pilate, who washes his hands in a basin held by an attendant.

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