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Run-Over Symbols, In A Psalter-Hours f.38v

Run-Over Symbols, In A Psalter-Hours f.38v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Additional MS 21927

Item number: f.38v

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. Decuman, a saint who appears relatively rarely in manuscripts, occurs in the Litany of this manuscript, and it is probably on that basis that it has been attributed to Muchelney (a few miles from Langport, in Somerset). Decuman is absent from the calendar, however, and other entries (such as an emphasis on St. Cuthbert) suggest an origin in the north of England. An unusual feature of the manuscript, shown on this page, is the presence of motifs such as a human and dog's head, used as run-over symbols. The annotation ('Gloria') in the left-hand margin marks the Benedictine subdivision of this long Psalm.

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