Prayer to Saint Barbara. c. 1490 Book of Hours leaf.


Verso:  12 lines of text in Latin written on vellum in black ink in a lettre bâtarde script.  Ruled in purple, rubrics in red.  One two-line illuminated initial ‘S’ in blue & white on a ground of pink outlined in black and finished with gold penwork. 


Recto:  Text only.


Source:  France.


Date:   c.1490


Content:  The text on Verso includes part of a prayer to Saint Barbara:  Sancta barbara pia virgo que corporeum sustinuisti obprobrium… (Saint Barbara loving virgin whose body endured indignity…)


Condition:  The leaf is in excellent condition, with clear text on clean vellum. The illuminated initial is in fine condition.  It is unconditionally guaranteed genuine. 


Notes:  Books of Hours were prayer books designed for the laity who wished to emulate the cycle of daily devotions followed by the clergy but without taking actual vows.  The contents grew out of the psalter but included a mixed variety of other types of material - hymns, lessons, biblical readings, calendars etc. Its central text is the Hours of the Virgin. There are eight Hours (times for prayer): Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline.

Size:  Size of leaf: approx. 135x90 mm. Text and illuminated area : approx. 65x50 mm.  Presented in a museum quality mat, ready for framing.  Please note that packing and postage is invoiced separately.  Within Australia: $22.50.  Overseas: ask for quote.


Item Number:  MBH111

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