Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours, use of Bourges

Item Info

Item No: mca0860751
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Bourges
Script: Bastarda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 75r
Source: Rare Book Department

The miniatures on this folio depict two scenes from the story of Magi, the wise men from the east who come to see the Christ Child. In the lower scene, the Magi are following the star that will lead them to Bethlehem. Above, the Magi offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child, who rests in the Virgin Mary's lap. In the architectural frame stands an African soldier, presumably a member of the Magi's retinue. The lower compartment depicts the Magi on their horses as they follow the star. The prayer written between the two scenes, "Deus in adiutorium meum intende" (Incline unto my aid, O Lord), begins Sext of the Hours of the Virgin.


This manuscript has been dated to ca. 1500.

Notes: The Journey and Adoration of the Magi
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1457696
Country: Country:France
City/Town/Township:Bourges ?

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1510
Image Dimensions Width: 168 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 86