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Christ Holding A Description Of The World, In 'The Map Psalter'

Christ Holding A Description Of The World, In 'The Map Psalter'

Date: 1265

Shelfmark: Additional MS 28681

Item number: f.9v

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

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This Psalter is famous for, and named after, its full-page miniature of a map of the world, which is related to the famous medieval map of the world (Mappa Mundi) at Hereford cathedral. But it also has a series of full-page miniatures of the life of Christ, added late in the 13th century; historiated initials at the usual psalter divisions; and an unusual image of the Virgin and Child. The calendar and other features suggest a London/Westminster origin, and the presence of the feast of Richard of Chichester, canonised in 1262, provides the earliest possible date for the production of the book.

On the reverse of the map of the world is a depiction of Christ holding a globe, divided into three continents (as usual in medieval maps), each section containing a written description. The description of Europe in the lower left quadrant mentions the towns of Canterbury for England, Dublin for Ireland, and St. Andrew's for Scotland.

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