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Historiated Initials To Terce With Scenes From The Life Of Christ, In The Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours

Historiated Initials To Terce With Scenes From The Life Of Christ, In The Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3277

Item number: f.123r

Length: 34.2

Width: 22.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

In terms of its style, its heraldry, and details of its text, this volume is a member of a close-knit group of manuscripts made for members of the Bohun family, who were earls of Hereford, Essex, and Northampton for most of the 13th and 14th centuries. It is possible that it was made at the Bohun family castle at Pleshey, a few miles north-west of Chelmsford; John de Teye (probably from Great or Little Tay, a few miles west of Colchester) is recorded as having worked as the family's illuminator there. The large initial contains four scenes: the man sick of the palsy let down from the housetop; he is healed and walks away; Christ calling Levi the publican (i.e. Matthew); Christ calling the twelve apostles (Luke 5:19-27, 6:13). To the left and in the border are the Virgin and Child, and two scenes from the stories of Amoras and the Child-image.

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