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Psalm 80 Initial, In The Felbrigge Psalter

Psalm 80 Initial, In The Felbrigge Psalter

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Sloane MS 2400

Item number: f.84r

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 80 begins 'Sing aloud unto God our strength, make a joyful noise . . .', and is usually illustrated in French Psalters such as this with an image of clerics singing aloud, or King David making a joyful noise by playing a carillon of bells, as here.

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