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Marginal Sketch of A Jug, In St. John Damascene's 'The Orthodox Faith' In The Translation Of Burgundio of Pisa

Marginal Sketch of A Jug, In St. John Damascene's 'The Orthodox Faith' In The Translation Of Burgundio of Pisa

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Royal MS 6 B.xii

Item number: f.11v

Length: 31.5

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

St. John Damascene (born at Damascus c.676, died c.760), was not a particularly original thinker, but was a notable for his encyclopaedic compilations of existing theological writings. 'The Orthodox Faith' is an example, in which he compiles and systematises the writings of ancient authors. It was translated into Latin in 1150 by Burgundio of Pisa. This manuscript appears to have been at Spalding in Lincolnshire by the 15th century. With a section on Man, the text compares the creation of man from the earth with the creation of a vase from clay; alongside this is a sketch of a water-jug.

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