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Beatus Page, The Felbrigge Psalter

Beatus Page, The Felbrigge Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 2400

Item number: f.8r

Length: 22.8

Width: 14.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Written and illuminated in France in the mid-13th century, this Psalter was owned in the 15th century by Anne Felbrigge (whose family came from Felbrigg, a few miles inland of Cromer, on the Norfolk coast) who was a member of the community of Franciscan nuns at Bruisyard, in Suffolk, between Saxmundham and Diss. Its most striking feature are the panels of medieval embroidery, made around the year 1300, inlaid into each cover of the binding. The text of the Psalms is introduced by a typical initial 'B' (for 'Beatus est vir' -- Blessed is the man), containing an image of King David harping. In addition to the red, blue, and gold initials that line the left-hand edge of the text, line-fillers (including a fish and an animal head) in the same colours fill spaces to the right-hand side of the page.

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