W.193, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.193, Book of Hours, Latin (1450-1460 CE, Hainaut)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W193/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.193

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1450-1460

Language(s): Latin, French


Country of production: Belgium

City or region of production: Hainaut

Illumination contents: Crucifixion, Pentecost in initial D, Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane in initial P, Annunciation, Visitation in initial D, Nativity in initial D, Annunciation to the Shepherds in initial D, Adoration of the Magi in initial D, Presentation in the Temple in initial D, Flight into Egypt in initial D, Massacre of the Innocents in initial C, Last Judgment in initial D, Raising of Lazarus in initial D, Annunciation in initial M, Annunciation in initial M, Crucifixion in initial D

Text contents: Calendar, Hours of the Cross, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Lord’s Prayer, Credo, Confessional Prayer for Female Supplicant, Prayer of Absolution, Invocations to Virgin, Four Gospel Sequences, Prayer on Seven Last Words of Christ, Hymn, Appended Prayer, Eight Verses of St. Bernard, Appended Prayer for Female Supplicant, Hymn to the Virgin, Short Appended Prayer, Rhyming Prayer Lamenting Sorrow of the Virgin by the Cross, Suffrage to St. Catherine, Suffrage to All Saints, Communion Prayer to the Sacrament, Athanasian Creed, Prayer to God, Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Litany, Petitions, Prayers, Collects, Office of the Dead, Prayer to the Virgin, Hours of the Passion

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown

Patron: Unknown woman; female (suggested by the presence of two prayers for a female suppliant in devotional sequence, fols. 37v-63v), Mons; fol. 147v: Franciscan sympathy indicated by citation of Bernardinus of Siena, Francis, Clare

Materials: Parchment

Binding original?: Yes

Binding description: Bound in Belgium, most likely contemporary; brown leather over oak boards, wide shallow exterior bevels; original sewing present on single tawed straps; panels with four vertical bands framed by quadruple fillets, some bands with walking deer and foliage-wrapped poles; outer bands feature square panels tooled with fleur-de-lis in barbed quatrefoil; spine has been rebacked with no liner overlays under pastedowns; gilt edges, painted with flowers of red and white on green stems, probably dating sixteenth/seventeenth century; evidence of side-pin and strap fastenings can be found on upper and lower covers; modern leather repairs present at anchorage points of straps and surrounding area

Folio height (in centimeters): 20.5

Folio width (in centimeters): 14.3

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *