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Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Historiated Initial To Psalm 109, In The 'Princess Joan Psalter'

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1405

Shelfmark: Royal MS 2 B.viii

Item number: f.101v

Length: 27.5

Width: 17

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The computistical materials at the beginning of this manuscript were drawn up in 1380 at the request of the mother of Richard II, Lady Joan Holland. It used to be thought that this was the original presentation copy made for Joan, hence the name the 'Princess Joan Psalter'. Two of its historiated initials are by Joannes, one of the leading artists of early 15th-century London. In the historiated initial 'D' Christ sits at the right had side of God (depicted with a gold head and hands), with the Dove of the Holy Spirit, between them. This image of the Trinity is based on the opening words of the Psalm: 'The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand'.

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