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Lauds of the Hours of the Virgin, in the Salvin Hours

Lauds of the Hours of the Virgin, in the Salvin Hours

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1275

Shelfmark: Additional MS 48985

Item number: f.10v

Length: 32

Width: 20.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Named for its 17th- to early 20th-century owners, the Salvin Hours is one of the largest and most richly decorated English books of hours. Its decoration, created by two artists, resembles contemporary wall paintings in the Oxford area, suggesting that it was made in a workshop there. Its original owner probably was a high-status person living in Lincoln because it also resembles 13th-century books of hours associated with that city. It lacks a calendar, which would have helped to locate its original place of use because it would have listed saints' feasts special to a particular place. The Hours of the Virgin was borrowed from the prayerbook used by monks to become the core of the Book of Hours. A psalm for Lauds of the Virgin (recited before dawn) begins with a decorated first letter showing three monks singing while a lay woman pulls bells. The picture affirms the book's purpose: a kind of personal organiser to aid the layperson in following the schedule of daily devotions of monks. In the steeple above her, the bells with their clappers are visible. A cock perches atop it, depicting actual decoration on churches and a sign of St Peter.

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