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Psalms 47-49, in a Psalter

Psalms 47-49, in a Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 910

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Vitellius F XI

Item number: f.13r

Length: 22.2

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Severely damaged in a fire in 1731, this psalter was part of the collection of Robert Cotton which eventually became part of the British Library. It was made in Ireland, although where is not known for certain. An inscription, now lost, was supposed to have connected it to a person called Muiredach. The most well-known Muiredach was abbot of Monasterboice in the early 10th century, and usually the psalter's origin is placed there for that reason. Also, some of the decoration in it resembles carvings on the stone Cross of Muiredach at Monasterboice. Psalms 47-49 are presented on this page, the first letter of one of them drawn in the shape of an imaginary animal. The colours within letters indicate beginnings of sentences within the psalm. The pink colour would originally have been red, which was created from lead but changed colour due to the heat of the fire.

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