An page from a fifteenth century "Book of Hours", DOUBLE SIDED, page 6 3/4" by 4 3/4, framed with glass on both sides to facilitate viewing. There are 16 lines of text in Latin, decorative borders and capitals with extensive use of gold. According to Wikipedia, books of hours were Christian devotional books popular in the Middle Ages. They are considered the most common type of surviving medieval illustrated manuscripts. Generally they contained prayers and psalms. As the fifteenth century wore on, they became more affordable to those who were not wealthy. Those produced for the wealthiest patrons were most lavishly illustrated and sometimes were personalized to the patron. As a group these manuscripts have provided a record of life in the fifteenth century, and the decorative work remains unparalleled. Sometimes they were the only book in a household. With the exception of a little old water smearing of the decorative border on one side, this example is in generally good condition, taking into account that it is 600 years old. Simple black wood frame, and there is a hook so that you can hang this on your 21st century walls. See another even more elaborately illustrated example in my shop.
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