England, Glastonbury(?), 13th Century / Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Flourished Initial D. Initial E: Entwined Lions and Serpents / c. 1225-50England, Glastonbury(?), 13th Century
Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Flourished Initial D. Initial E: Entwined Lions and Serpents
c. 1225-50

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Name-CRT: England, Glastonbury(?), 13th Century
Title: Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible: Flourished Initial D. Initial E: Entwined Lions and Serpents
Title Type: Primary
Title: Entwined Lions and Serpents, decorated initial E on a text leaf in Latin, from a Vulgate Bible (III Kings: Opening)
Title Type: Former
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Creation Start Date: 1220
Creation End Date: 1255
Creation Date: c. 1225-50
Creation Place: possibly Glastonbury
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: tempera and ink on vellum
Dimensions: Sheet: 20cm x 15cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.122
Credit Line: The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Glastonbury Abbey (purportedly); Roger Gale (1672-1744); [Sotheby's London, 22 June 1982, lot 47]; [Bruce Ferrini, Akron].
Context: Pair of Leaves from a Latin Bible:Initial I: Entwined Beast and Serpent (opening of Book of Ruth) and Initial E: Entwined Lion and Serpents (opening of the Third Book of Kings), about 1225-50England, Glastonbury(?)Ink and tempera on vellumThe Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection [Cat. nos. 2 and 3(CMA 1999.122)]This pair of leaves from the same one-volume Bible have been traditionally associated with the Benedictine abbey of Glastonbury in southwest England. It is known that the Bible once belonged to the English antiquary and collector, Roger Gale (1672-1744), whose library of 450 manuscripts once included two of the surviving 35 books from Glastonbury Abbey. Until its dissolution in 1539, Glastonbury was one of the greatest and wealthiest abbeys in Europe. Given its vast wealth and the recorded library lists, the abbey must have been a substantial patron of the arts. However, only a few illuminated manuscripts can now be positively identified as Glastonbury work.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.122
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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