Book of Hours

Medieval Manuscripts
Book of Hours

Item Info

Item No: mca2121511
Additional Title: Book of Hours
Script: Rotunda
Language: Latin
Folio Number: f. 151r
Source: Rare Book Department
Notes: The Legend of the Three Living and the Three Dead
Notes: This miniature begins the Office of the Dead, which consisted of prayers to aid souls through Purgatory. The subject of the miniature, the Three Living and the Three Dead, is a reminder that death comes to all. Here, three young men defend themselves against three corpses that represent death. According to the popular legend, the corpses say to the men: "We were once as you are now, and what we are, you soon will be."
Sirsi Catalog Key: 1606326
Country: Country:France

Creation Year (Single Year or Range Begin): 1499
Image Dimensions Width: 160 mm
ShelfMark: Lewis E 212

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