Description This finely illuminated and iconographically rich book of hours was made in England at the end of the thirteenth century. The manuscript is incomplete and misbound. Its main artist can also be found at work in a Bible (Oxford, Bodleian Library Ms. Auct. D.3.2) and a psalter (Cambridge, Trinity College Cambridge Ms. O.4.16). The manuscript contains a number of unusual texts, including the Hours of Jesus Crucified and the Office of St. Catherine. The patron of the manuscript is not clear; a woman is depicted as praying in many of the initials, but rubrics in the Office of the Dead mention "freres" (brothers). The imagery is inventive, and the Hours of Christ Crucified are graced with images depicting the funeral of Reynard the Fox in its margins. In the absence of a calendar, it is not possible to locate the origin of the manuscript precisely.
Leaf from a Book of Hours: Horse Playing aFflute and Drum, from a Marginal Cycle of Images of the Funeral of Renard the Fox
- Making Music in Medieval Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
- Music in Manuscripts. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
Provenance Purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1930; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, ca. 1930
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