Leaf from a Psalter, with extremely large illuminated initials, in Latin, manuscript on parchment [southern Netherlands (Flanders), second half of thirteenth century (c. 1275)]
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Line fillers in red and pale turquoise-blue penstrokes, one-line initials in liquid gold with thick black penwork edges, two very large initials in brightly burnished gold, within red and blue grounds, the form of the I long and gently curving, the two initials filling almost the entire border between them.
Single leaf (250 x 169mm), with single column of 23 lines in a graceful and rounded early gothic bookhand (written space: 173 x 95mm). One pointing hand symbol, one small natural flaw resulting in a small hole between the third- and second-from-last lines, clumsy early modern hand adding pagination 14 and 15 as well as Psalm nos. One small stain at lower corner, else excellent condition.
The opening initial 'I' begins Psalm 43, 'Iudica me Deus et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta...'; the text continues into Ps. 44 with the initial 'D'.
The parent manuscript of this appealing leaf was no. 125 in Otto Ege's Handlist (see Gwara, Otto Ege's Manuscripts, 2013, p. 159).
Stock Code: 233105