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

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Current Location: In storage

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Collage with historiated initial and border from a Choir Psalter

Description

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Parchment, 356 x 376 mm, collage made up of initial (248 x 270 mm) and two border fragments, formerly pasted on cardboard, which has been partially removed to reveal six lines of fragmentary text

CONTENTS: The initial D would have introduced Psalm 114, Dilexi quoniam exaudiet dominus, the first psalm for Monday Vespers; on reverse partially legible fragment of the Magnificat, Luke 1:48-51, quia respexit humilitatem [ancillae suae]. Ecce enim ex hoc beatam [me dicent] omnes generationes. Quia [fecit mihi mag]na qui potens est et sanctum [nomen eius]. Et misericordia eius a (sic) progenies [et progenies] timentibus eum. Fecit.

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, and the devices of Ferdinand and Isabella, the yoke and the bundle of arrows respectively: Ps. 114, [D, 6 ll.] Personification of Hope as a crowned maiden, standing on pillar, holding scroll inscribed Sperate in eo omnis congregatio populi (Ps. 61:9), and accompanied by seven crowned maidens holding scrolls inscribed with garbled verses from Ps. 115, 119 and 120, partial inscription alongside frame, NIO N VIDEMUS SPE.

Notes

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.

Place(s) associated

  • Avila ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

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

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Gold

Components of the work

Support composed of parchment

Techniques used in production

Illumination

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MS 293b
Primary reference Number: 182052
Project ID: 3474
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 3 September 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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