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Illuminated Decoration In The Litany Of The Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours

Illuminated Decoration In The Litany Of The Egerton Bohun Psalter-Hours

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1370

Shelfmark: Egerton MS 3277

Item number: f.108r

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 short lines of writing in the Litany allowed the artist to supply a large number of decorative line-fillers; he also joined-up all the initials to the left, and painted an inventive drollery: a figure with a pitcher instead of a head pours water into a bowl he holds in his hands.

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