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Psalter


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Description This psalter was produced in a monastery in the Diocese of Augsburg in the mid thirteenth century, as shown by entries in the calendar and litany. The decoration includes six full-page miniatures, ten historiated initials, and seasonal and zodiac roundels for each month. Related manuscripts include New York, New York Public Library Ms. Spencer 11 and Augsburg, Augsburg University Library Ms. 1.2.qu.19. The text has been supplied with marginal notes throughout in Latin and German, and a fourteenth-century deed discussing property of the Bazth and Ladon families has been included as a flyleaf.
Exhibitions
  • Flight, Fantasy, Faith, Fact. Dayton Art Institute, Dayton. 1953-1954.
  • The Psalms of David in the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996.
  • Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006.
  • Living by the Book: Monks, Nuns, and Their Manuscripts. 2013.
Provenance Monastery in the Diocese of Augsburg, mid 13th century (calendar and litany); Bénigne-Charles Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770-1852) [see bookplate, front pastedown]; Sale, Kupitsch, Vienna, 1840 [see inscription, fol. 1r]; Professor Victor Goldschmidt, Heidelberg (d. 1927), by purchase (?); Léon Gruel, Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, before 1931 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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Creator
Period
mid 13th century
Medium
ink and pigments on thick parchment between purple velvet over millboard; sewn on five thin recessed cords; blind-tooled with an ivy leaf rolled border and a three-line roll formed into a saltire (ca. 1900)
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
W.78
Measurements
Folio H: 8 15/16 x W: 6 1/4 in. (22.7 x 15.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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