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Fragmentary Psalter

Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description This fragmentary psalter was made in the thirteenth century in southern Germany. Several quires are missing from the beginning and end of the book, resulting in the loss of a large portion of the psalms, as well as most of the Office of the Dead. The manuscript itself has no decoration outside of slightly enlarged red initials. However, an ornate gilded and jewel-encrusted cover was added to the original wood boards in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century, and it is a product of that era. The only original medieval elements within this pastiche are the thirteenth-century enamels, which are of Cologne origin.

Enamel plaque (formerly 44.635) replaced on binding

Date Description Narrative
Provenance Acquired by Léon Gruel, Paris, late nineteenth or early twentieth century; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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1200-1300 (Gothic)
ink and pigments on parchment bound between original wood boards covered with nineteenth- or early twentieth-century gilded metal pastishe with original champlevé enamel panels
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
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Overall H: 8 1/4 x W: 5 7/8 in. (21 x 15 cm); Folio H: 8 1/4 × W: 5 13/16 in. (20.9 × 14.7 cm)
Location Within Museum
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