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Psalm 109 Initial, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Psalm 109 Initial, In 'The Eadui Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1020

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 155

Item number: f.105r

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. Throughout the Middle Ages, Psalters often have an emphasised initial to Psalm 109, probably due to the fact that this was the first psalm to be recited by monks during the evening service on Sundays.

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