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Historiated Initial With Elkanah And His Wives, In The Old Testament Books Of Josua To Kings

Historiated Initial With Elkanah And His Wives, In The Old Testament Books Of Josua To Kings

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1120

Shelfmark: Royal MS 1 C.vii

Item number: f.58r

Length: 38.5

Width: 26.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Although it does not have the usual Rochester ownership inscription, the script and decoration of this manuscript are both typical of Rochester manuscripts during their great period of book production in the early 12th century. It appears in the catalogues of the library of Rochester cathedral which were drawn up c.1122/3 and c.1202. The start of I Samuel describes Elkanah and his two wives: Hannah is shown grieving, because she is barren, while Penninah is shown with two children on her lap. Each figure is identified by a caption above their head within the initial 'F'.

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