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Collage with historiated initial and border from a Choir Psalter: MS 293a

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Collage with historiated initial and border from a Choir Psalter


PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 432 x 402 mm, collage made up of initial (317 x 290 mm) and eight border fragments, pasted on cardboard.

CONTENTS: The initial M would have introduced Psalm 131, Memento domine David, the first psalm for Thursday Vespers.

DECORATION: Historiated initial formed of stylized acanthus and pearls, surrounded by foliage, grotesques and putti on gold ground, and enclosed within composite floral and acanthus borders containing birds, animals, grotesques, the arms of Castile and Aragon and the devices of Ferdinand and Isabella, the yoke and the bundle of arrows respectively: Ps. 131, [M, 7 ll.] Personification of Justice as a crowned maiden, enthroned, holding gold coins on her lap and scroll inscribed Reddo unicuique secundum opera sua, and surrounded by seven crowned maidens holding heaps of gold coins and scrolls inscribed with garbled verses from Ps. 135 and 136, inscription alongside frame, IVSTITIA EST SINGVLARUM RERVM E[T] PERSONARVM EQVISSIMA DISTRIBVTIO QVAM QVIS OBTINENS E FIADHEREI (sic).


History note: Royal monastery of St Thomas in Avila, Spain; Rev. E.S. Dewick (1844–1917); purchased from his son, Rev. E.C. Dewick, and presented by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1918.

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  • Avila ⪼ Spain

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Method of acquisition: Presented (1918) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Fifteenth century, fourth quarter
Circa 1482 CE - Circa 1492 1492 CE

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Support: composed of parchment

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 293a
Primary reference Number: 176491
Project ID: 3474
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 5 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 6 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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