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The Incredulity of Thomas, And Mary Magdalene Wiping Christ's Feet, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

The Incredulity of Thomas, And Mary Magdalene Wiping Christ's Feet, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21926

Item number: f.23r

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

This Psalter is named after one of its owners, John Grandisson, who was bishop of Exeter from 1327 until his death in 1369. It was adapted for his use, having originally been made for someone who perhaps lived in the area of Chichester. In the upper tier is the so-called Incredulity (doubting) of Thomas: when Christ re-appeared to the disciples after his death, Thomas could not believe what he saw; Christ therefore invited him to put his fingers in the wound in his side, as proof of his bodily presence (John 20: 24-29). The lower scene is apparently out of sequence: it shows Mary Magdalene drying Christ's anointed feet (Luke 7:44, John 12:3), an event that took place well before his Crucifixion.

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