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Psalm 26 Initial, In The Felbrigge Psalter

Psalm 26 Initial, In The Felbrigge Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 2400

Item number: f.29r

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. Psalm 26 begins 'The Lord is my light . . .', and it is standard for North French Psalters such as this to illustrate the psalm with an initial showing David pointing at his eyes. Here his eyes are closed (without the Lord, his light, he is blind), and God looks down from above.

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