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Bifolio from a copy of Speculum Humanae Salvationis: MS 203

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bifolio from a copy of Speculum Humanae Salvationis




PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, heavily trimmed on all four sides and corners cut off, c.162 – 248 x 128 – 220 (c.225 x 190) mm, 2 columns, 20 – 24 extant lines, ruled in brown.

CONTENTS: Speculum Humanae Salvationis, ch. XXIX.3 – XXXI.2.

DECORATION: Eight framed miniatures, approximately a third of the original page size, drawn in ink, with green, red, brown, yellow and pink washes:
fol. 1r Samson and the Lion, Ehud kills Eglon; fol. 1v Virgin armed with Instruments of the Passion triumphs over devil, Judith kills Holofernes; fol. 2r Jael kills Sisera, Tomyris kills Cyrus; fol. 2v Harrowing of Hell, Moses leads Israelites out of Egypt.

ORNAMENTATION: Red penwork initial [I, 5 ll.] for the beginning of ch. XX (fol. 1v); red captions for images; capitals at the beginning of each verse highlighted in red.


History note: Edwin Henry Lawrence; his sale, Sotheby’s, London, 9 – 12 May 1892, part of lot 429; purchased by Bernard Quaritch; Samuel Sandars (1837 – 1894); his gift to the Museum, 1892.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1892) by Sandars, Samuel


14th Century#
Circa 1330 CE - Circa 1360 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Cambridge Illuminated

Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of parchment
Page Height c.162-24 mm Width 128-220 mm
Text Height c.225 mm Width 190 mm

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 203
Primary reference Number: 169745
Project ID: 92
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 24 August 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Manuscripts and Printed Books

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