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Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.16v

Historiated Initial And Historiated Border, In A Fragmentary Psalter f.16v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1355

Shelfmark: Royal MS 13 D.i*

Item number: f.16v

Length: 35

Width: 22

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 text has been almost completely erased from this page. In the initial 'D' to Psalm 38 King David points to his mouth, while the borders are filed with saints and prophets: among them can be recognised St. Christopher (lower left), Sts. John the Baptist (?), George, and Paul (right border, top to bottom), and Moses (lower border, 2nd from left).

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