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St. Veronica And Her Veil, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

St. Veronica And Her Veil, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 302

Item number: f.163r

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. The name Veronica comes from 'vera icon', Latin for true image: St. Veronica supposedly wiped the sweat and blood from Christ's face as he carried the Cross on the way to his crucifixion, and found that a 'true image' of his face had been imprinted upon it. This legend is intimately bound up with the history of the Turin Shroud, which is believed by many to bear the image of Christ.

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