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Scenes Of Christ's Infancy, On A Leaf From The Eadwine Psalter

Scenes Of Christ's Infancy, On A Leaf From The Eadwine Psalter

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1160

Shelfmark: Additional MS 37472

Item number: recto

Length: 40.6

Width: 29.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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This leaf comes from one of the greatest 12th-century English manuscripts, written at Christ Church, Canterbury, and known as the 'Eadwine Psalter' because it has a full-page portrait commemorating a monk-scribe called Eadwine. It was based closely on an older Christ Church manuscript, now in the British Library (Harley MS 603). Three other similar leaves with an exceptionally long series of biblical scenes are in New York and at the V&A Museum; taken together the Old Testament is represented by a series of scenes from the lives of Moses and David, and a much more detailed New Testament narrative. The scenes on the recto of the Library's leaf take up the life of Christ with the Annunciation to the Shepherds; followed by several scenes concerning the Three Wise Men; the Flight into Egypt; Massacre of the Innocents; and Death of Herod.

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