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Beatus Page With Scenes From The Life Of Kings David And Solomon, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

Beatus Page With Scenes From The Life Of Kings David And Solomon, In 'The Grandisson Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21926

Item number: f.26r

Length: 24.6

Width: 14.5

Scale: Centimetres

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 initial 'B' are four scenes: David fighting Goliath; David harping; Saul throwing a spear at David (I Samuel 18:10-11); and the Judgement of Solomon. The four corner roundels presumably depict Old Testament prophets (Moses is in the top left corner), and in the lowest two roundels are personifications of Synagogue (the Jewish Church) and Ecclesia (the Christian Church). John de Grandisson's name and arms are added in brown ink in the lower margin.

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