Named for its donor, the Huth Psalter reveals its origin by listing in its calendar of feasts and litany Saints Hugh, Wilfrid, and John of Beverly?all associated with Lincoln or York. Medieval psalters could be used publicly in the liturgy or privately as a prayer book, with decoration, calendar and added prayers tailored for the use of an individual or community. Unusual features of its illumination give vivid impressions of contemporary concerns and devotional practices. Set on a diapered gold ground, scenes of the creation begin the series of full-page pictures following the calendar. Christ holds a book and sits enthroned upon the heavenly city surrounded by six scenes: God with dividers (at top), followed by creation of the firmament, of plants, of stars, sun and moon, of animals, of man.