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The Dormition And The Coronation Of The Virgin, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

The Dormition And The Coronation Of The Virgin, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21926

Item number: f.24v

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. The Virgin Mary is believed not to have died, like ordinary mortals, but to have fallen asleep (her 'Dormition'): the upper scene shows the twelve disciples around the bed in which she lies, corpse-like. Having been carried to heaven by angels, she was then seated at the right hand of Christ, and crowned as Queen of Heaven.

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