W.39, The Walters Art Museum

Holding institution title: W.39, Book of Hours, Latin (1275-1300 CE, Northeastern France or Western Flanders)

Holding institution classification: Book of Hours

Holding institution location: Baltimore, MD

URL: https://thedigitalwalters.org/Data/WaltersManuscripts/html/W39/description.html

URL2: https://manuscripts.thewalters.org/viewer.php?id=W.39

Digitization status: Digitized

Date: 1275-1300

Language(s): Latin, French

Use: Augustinian Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre at Lille

Country of production: France

City or region of production: Lille?

Illumination contents: Janus-faced man drinking and eating, Man warming himself by a fire, Pruning, Man holding orange blossoms, Falconing, Plowing, Harvesting, Harvesting Wheat, Harvesting Fruit, Gathering Acorns, Slaughtering an ox, Pentecost in initial D, The Betrayal in initial D, The Resurrection in initial D, The Three Marys at the Tomb in initial D, Noli me tangere in initial D, The Flagellation of Christ 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 C, Man kneeling before an altar praying in initial D, King David praying in initial A

Text contents: Calendar, Hours of the Holy Spirit, Hours of the Virgin, Penitential Psalms, Fifteen Gradual Psalms, Litany

Hours intercalated?:


Scribe: Unknown

Illuminator: Unknown

Patron: Likely produced for a member of the Augustinian Collegiate Church of Saint-Pierre at Lille along the Flemish-French border. The patron may have had himself depicted in the opening initial for the Penitential Psalms on f. 125r, shown kneeling before an altar in prayer with hands extended to heaven, from which God emerges in a cloud, blessing the man and carrying a black book.

Materials: Parchment (calfskin)

Binding original?: No

Binding description: Rebound in Paris with brown morocco by Léon Gruel in the late nineteenth or earl twentieth century; fourteenth-century ivory plaque depicting the Coronation of the Virgin inserted onto upper board; silver spiral-column clasps and fasteners added to fore-edges; gilded line along board edges, with triple lines on inner boards and five pairs of double lines on top and bottom edges of spine; three ribs on spine; pastedowns of red floral-patterned silk

Folio height (in centimeters): 9

Folio width (in centimeters): 6

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