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.