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Decorated Initial, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Decorated Initial, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.147r

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. The manuscript remained in active use for several centuries, receiving alterations and additions at various dates. A number of texts were added in the mid 12th century, including a series of hymns, which begin on this page with an initial 'O'.

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