England, Oxford (?), 13th Century / Pair of Leaves from a Psalter: Initial C: David seated, with a Book / c. 1270-1280England, Oxford (?), 13th Century
Pair of Leaves from a Psalter: Initial C: David seated, with a Book
c. 1270-1280

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Active Place: Oxford (?)
Creator Name-CRT: England, Oxford (?), 13th Century
Title: Pair of Leaves from a Psalter: Initial C: David seated, with a Book
Title Type: Primary
Title: Pair of Leaves from a Psalter: Initial E: Pointing Prophet
Title Type: alternate
Title: Initial E with a Prophet Pointing: Excised Leaf from a Psalter
Title Type: Former
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Creation Start Date: 1265
Creation End Date: 1285
Creation Date: c. 1270-1280
Object Type: Books
Classification Term: Manuscript
Materials and Techniques: ink, tempera and gold on vellum
Dimensions: Each leaf: 17.9cm x 13.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1999.124
Credit Line: The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection
Rights: http://www.clemusart.com/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: [Sotheby's, London, 25 April 1983, lot 69]; [Bruce Ferrini, Akron]

Pair of Leaves from a Psalter:

Initial D: King David in Prayer before an Altar and Christ in a Cloud and Initial C: David Seated with a Book, about 1270-80

England, Oxford(?)

Ink, tempera, and gold on vellum

The Jeanne Miles Blackburn Collection [Cat. nos. 12 and

13 (CMA 1999.124)]

An impressive eight-line initial represents a kneeling David praying before an altar amid stylized topiaries and set against a burnished gold ground. The text introduces Psalm 101: Domine exaudi orationem meam (Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my crying come unto thee). Facial types for the figures are rather coarse, with hard lines and sharp expressions and very schematic drawing of the hair. The figure poses are rigid and angular. Hard drapery patterns emphasize the triangular folds and the marginal outgrowth of the initial 'D' terminates as a standing bird. Stylistically, these leaves relate to English work of about 1275-1300, possibly from the vicinity of Oxford.

AMICA ID: CMA_.1999.124
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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