c 1240 Bible Leaf Oxford - Matthew - The Last Supper


Original leaf from an English manuscript pocket Bible. From a Bible illuminated in the workshop of William de Brailes - one of the few 13th century English illuminators known by name! (De Brailes maintained an active workshop at Oxford c. 1238-52. He was the illuminator of the Oxford Bible).

Written with brown ink in Latin gothic script on animal vellum. Rubricated chapter numbers, initials & marginalia in red & blue. 54 lines of text in double columns (10 lines per inch!). For sister leaf see Blackburn Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, pl. 4.     (185 x 135 mm - 7.4 x 5.4").

Produced in Oxford, c. 1240 A.D. 

This leaf contains text from Matthew 24:30 – 26:28: ''Signum filii…'' (Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with much power & majesty. And he shall send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds… Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass. But of that day & hour no one knoweth, no not the angels of heaven, but the Father alone…Watch ye therefore, because you know not what hour your Lord will come…For I was hungry, and you gave me to eat…Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me…Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the New Testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins).

Shipped in archival 14x11'' mat.


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