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June, With An Illuminated Roundel, In The Calendar Of The Felbrigge Psalter

June, With An Illuminated Roundel, In The Calendar Of The Felbrigge Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 2400

Item number: f.5v

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 roundel in the upper right-hand part of this page shows the Occupation of the Month: scything; a roundel with a zodiac sign has been cut out of this page, as well as two other roundels on the other side. Below the last red entry of the original calendar has been added an inscription recording 'the death of Lady Margaret Felbrygge on the eve of St. Peter's Day'.

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