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A Courtly Hunting Scene, In The 'Alphonso' Psalter

A Courtly Hunting Scene, In The 'Alphonso' Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1284

Shelfmark: Additional MS 24686

Item number: f.13v

Length: 24.1

Width: 16.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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Heraldry on the first page of the Psalms text strongly suggests that this Psalter was commissioned by King Edward I for the marriage of his son Alphonso, to Margaret, daughter of Florent V, Count of Holland, which was to take place in 1284. Alphonso died before the wedding, however, and the decoration of the manuscript was left incomplete. Additions were made in the early 14th century, probably before 1316. Some of the margins of this manuscript are occupied by fantasy creatures such as dragons; others have naturalistically depicted animals and humans. Here a finely dressed lady keeps control of her three hunting dogs by using two sticks, while a stag and deer are startled by a smaller barking dog.

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