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Miniature from a Psalter

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  • Illuminated manuscript. Miniature from a Psalter. William de Brailes (English). One of six miniatures from a Psalter. Gothic bookhand (textualis). Parchment, trimmed miniature including corner medallions 203 x 135 mm (frame excluding medallions 178 x 111 mm) inlaid in a modern parchment leaf 357 x 284 mm, c.1230-1250. DECORATION: Full-page miniature on gold ground ornamented with punched dots, with inner frame of blue and red triangular and foliate ornament, highlighted in white, and outer frame of gold outlined in black: Fall of the Rebel Angels, with good angels expelling rebellious ones who plunge into Mouth of Hell (below), and Christ enthroned at centre, holding open book, inscribed Alpha and Omega, surrounded by tiers of angels (above). Subsidiary scenes in five medallions and an arched compartment incorporated into the frame show personifications of the Virtues and Vices holding scrolls with inscriptions, three at the top: Charity (CARITAS), Humility (HUMILITAS) and Patience (PACIENCIA), and three at the bottom: Avarice (AVARICIA), with sack of gold around her neck, Pride (SUPERBIA RADIX) and Anger (IRA).
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