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The Journey Of King Jasper, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

The Journey Of King Jasper, In 'The Hamelden Hours'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1450

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 302

Item number: f.166v

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. According to medieval legend, the Three Magi (also known as the Three Wise Men, or the Three Kings) who visited Christ soon after his birth were called Melchisedech, Jasper, and Balthasar. This manuscript is very unusual in representing them singly, each with a retinue, as they travelled to the stable where Christ was born.

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