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Historiated Psalm 101 Initial With David And Goliath, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Historiated Psalm 101 Initial With David And Goliath, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1020

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.93r

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 major decoration of this volume gives the impression that the artist (Eadui?) became progressively more adventurous. The initial at Psalm 1 has no representational imagery, the initial to Psalm 51 has two small historiated roundels in the frame, and Psalm 101 has a fully-fledged historiated initial, depicting the boy David beheading the giant Goliath.

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