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Lowell Nesbitt
Moon Shot
1969
Gift of Reese and Marilyn Palley
1991/2.109.4
Two columns of Latin text fill this page taken from a bible manuscript. A painting in a gold rectangular frame is located in the lower right column. An angel descends from a blue semicircular disc in the upper right corner of the painting and grasps a larger figure by the hair with both hands. This second figure holds a jug in his left hand and a plate with bread in his right. A third figure, dressed in a white robe, reaches up toward this larger figure from an enclosure below. He appears against a black background and four gray animal heads overlap his torso.
French (French (culture or style))
Leaf from a Bible with Daniel in the lions' den aided by the prophet Habakuk
1285 – 1295
Anonymous Gift in memory of Mrs. John Alexander
1993/2.10
This miniature painting depicts a group of male figures gathered around a coffin draped with a blue cloth. Two pairs of candles set on tall candlesticks are placed at the head and foot of the coffin. To the left of the coffin stand four mourners wearing long gray robes with hoods. Facing them from the other side of the coffin are three tonsured clergymen dressed in white, who look at an open book placed before them. The group stands upon a green tiled floor next to a pink wall. The background is painted red and decorated with an exuberant pattern of gold scrolling foliage motifs.
Gold Scrolls Group
Leaf from a book of hours with a funeral mass
1415 – 1455
Anonymous Gift in memory of Mrs. John Alexander
1993/2.8

Turkish
Mohammedan Law, manuscript page
1794
Museum Purchase
1959/1.153

Moroccan (Moroccan)
Qur’an manuscript page
1767 – 1799
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton B. Freudenheim in memory of Otto F. Ege
1987/1.195.11
This manuscript leaf contains a single column of text in Latin surrounded by generous margins on three sides. Pen-flourished initials elaborated with delicate penwork, colored red and blue alternating with gold and purple, mark the beginning of each verse along the left edge of the text column. Five line-fillers, long linear elements colored blue and gold, complete the closing line of each verse and preserve the regular shape of the text block.
Leaf from a psalter or book of hours (Psalm 26)
1400 – 1450
Museum Purchase
1965/2.81

Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Palm Leaf from an Unidentified Manuscript with Devanagiri (?) script
17th century
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
1997/2.41

Qur'an manuscript leaf, illuminated section heading in thuluth script
12th century
Gift of the Estate of Helen B. Hall
1996/2.54
This page of an illuminated manuscript on thin parchment is vertically oriented. Centered in the upper two-thirds of the page is a window-shaped scene of a priest celebrating mass. The priest, with red and white robes and a tonsure, holds up a communion wafer at an altar that has a bible and a communion goblet on it and an image of two figures with halos behind them. The altar and the priest’s robes are trimmed with gold leaf. Behind the priest are two kneeling figures, a man and a woman. They are in the interior of a gothic church, with stone vaulting above them. Below the scene are four lines of calligraphy with the first letter, a ‘D’, highly decorated. Decorative detailing surrounds the text and the scene. The left side consists of an ivy-like plant growing out of the "D", and the bottom and right sides have different foliate-derived design depicted in ink, tempera and gold.
French (French (culture or style))
Priest Celebrating a Mass (Leaf from the Tarleton Hours)
1425 – 1435
Museum Purchase
1968/2.43
The inherently small scale of a manuscript page requires a simplified style with figures and plant forms against a plain background. This scene represents the meeting of a man and a woman (accompanied by attendants) in the forest.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Oriya manuscript (unidentified), leaf: A Meeting in the Forest (pair with 1997/2.40)
19th century
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
1985/2.144

Persian poetry and proverbs anthology manuscript page
1767 – 1799
Museum Purchase
1959/1.155
A fragment of a horizontal scroll, which would originally have been rolled up and tucked inside a Tibetan prayer wheel, with the text of a prayer printed in red and black ink.
Tibetan (Tibetan (culture or style))
Prayer scroll fragment, from a prayer wheel
18th century
Museum Purchase
1959/1.158
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