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Purdue ID Numbermmsi4
TitlePassage from the Book of Ecclesiastes
Other TitleBible. O.T. Ecclesiastes. Latin
DescriptionThis large leaf comes from a Bible produced by monks of the famous Winchester School of illumination. The Latin text, which derives from the Book of Ecclesiastes of the Old Testament, is arranged in two vertical columns, written in brown ink.
Description ContinuedThe illuminator has skillfully matched the colors of the large foliate initial "O" on the right with the color of the ink. The initial is painted in gold leaf and set within a blue and brown, framed panel. A bird, drawn in white outlines, stands inside the initial; floral ornament fills the rest of the panel. From the initial there extend two long, leafy vines. This type of spreading plant ornament is characteristic of many Gothic initials. Beginning with the "O, " the text reads as follows: "A great anxiety has God allotted, and a heavy yoke, to the sons of men; from the day one leaves his mother's womb to the day he returns to the mother of all living, his thoughts, the fear in his heart, and his troubled forebodings till the day he dies - whether he sits on a lofty throne or gravels in dust an ashes, whether he bears a splended crown or is wrapped in the coarsest of cloaks..."
Date of Original1360
Extent of Original2 p. ; 45 cm.
RepositoryCopyright: Purdue University Libraries, All rights reserved
CollectionMedieval Manuscripts
RightsCopyright: Purdue University Libraries, All rights reserved
Date Digitized7/24/2006
Capture DeviceEpson Expression 10000XL Photo Scanner
Capture DetailsSilverfast 6.4.1 r8c by Lazersoft
Resolution600 ppi
Color Depth24 bit
Color ManagementMonaco EZcolor using an IT8 target
URI ark:/34231/c6g44n68