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Miniature Representing The Redemption Of The World, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Miniature Representing The Redemption Of The World, In 'The Abingdon Apocalypse'

Date: 1270

Shelfmark: Additional MS 42555

Item number: f.6r

Length: 33

Width: 20

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

This Apocalypse manuscript contains the Latin text of the biblical book of Revelation, written on versos, with a commentary in French on the facing rectos, each with a miniature. The manuscript takes its name from two added inscriptions: one states that it was given to the Benedictine abbey of St. Mary, Abingdon, by a bishop of Salisbury; the other records that it was lent by the abbot and convent of Abingdon in 1362 to Joan, wife of King David II of Scotland.

In the centre, Christ's blood pours from his side onto two figures; seven dragons flee from Christ's head; he is surrounded by the Four Evangelist Symbols and flanked by groups of bishops and priests.

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