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Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.9r

Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.9r

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1355

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.i*

Item number: f.9r

Length: 37

Width: 23.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Part of this psalter was formerly bound between two apparently unrelated texts in a manuscript in the Royal collection; other leaves, which were formerly used as scrap parchment in bindings in the Cotton collection, and have now been reunited with the Royal portion. The choice of saints in the Litany suggests that the psalter was made for use in the North of England, and the illumination relates to a manuscript associated with Elizabeth de Bohun, Countess of Northampton, and a church in Shrewsbury. The initial 'D' to Psalm 26 contains the Nativity, while the borders contain related scenes: in the lower border is The Annunciation, with Gabriel and Mary either side of a lily-pot; in the right border is The Annunciation to the Shepherds.

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