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Book of Hours
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Book of Hours

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Description This Book of Hours was created ca. 1440 in Hainaut for a female patron with Cistercian connections, which is suggested by long devotional sequences focused on the Passion of Christ and the Virgin, including indulgences, a litany with Cistercian affiliation, and various references to a female suppliant. Two devotional texts written by various scribes in Latin and French were added to the front and back of the book ca. 1450-1600. At the end of the front devotional text, on fol. 6v, there are sewing holes and strong impressions of a variety of pilgrim badges. The manuscript contains eight full-page miniatures.
Date Description Narrative
12/26/2014Treatmentbinding stabilized; examined for digitization; media consolidation; stabilized
  • Illuminated Manuscripts: Masterpieces in Miniature. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984-1985.
  • Travel in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1993.
Provenance Created for unknown Cistercian female patron, Hainaut, ca. 1440. Owned by Gehoort Suster (?) de Grheuppize (?), 1583 [1]. Possibly owned by Leo S. Olschki, Florence [2]. Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931. [1] Ownership entry on back pastedown: "Gehoort Suster (?) de Grheuppize (?)/ Christiaens Zone 1583" [2] Ticket with "815" in blue crayon on front pastedown
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1440
ink and pigments on parchment bound between boards covered with leather
(Manuscripts & Rare Books)
Accession Number
Folio H: 6 5/16 × W: 4 1/2 in. (16 × 11.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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