10th-century Gospel-book, produced in Metz

Description

This opulent copy of the Gospels was perhaps made as a gift from the bishop, Thierry I (r. 965-984) to the cathedral of St Stephen in Metz. The text, script and decoration show many similarities with other Gospel-books produced in Metz, and may reflect Carolingian models, as well as contemporary Ottonian illumination.

The binding of this book is equally magnificent, featuring inset ninth-century carved ivory plates. The central panel is divided into three parts, representing events from the early life of Christ: the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary, the Adoration of the Magi, and the Massacre of the Innocents.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
10th-century Gospel-book
Created:
Late 10th century, Metz
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Shelfmark:
Latin 9393

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