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The Trinity and Two Kings, In A Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In A Psalter

The Trinity and Two Kings, In A Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In A Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1225

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5102

Item number: f.104r

Length: 31.3

Width: 21.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Five full-page miniatures have been inserted as single leaves into this 13th-century Psalter, but they are in a different, older style, and are probably re-used from a 12th-century manuscript. There is no trace of a calendar or litany, and lacking any liturgical evidence, the manuscript has been tentatively attributed to the East Midlands. Psalm 109 is often illustrated with the God the Father and God The Son sitting next to one another (because of the opening words of the psalm: 'The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou at my right hand); here they send the Holy Spirit, in the form of a dove, down to two earthly kings.

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