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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
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
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
Alongside a block of calligraphic text a red rectable sets off an illustrative space. In the bottom right corner of the illustration a woman dances, and on the left a larger figure pulls an arrow taught in a bow.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Kalpasutra manuscript, leaf: The Courtesan Kosha and the King's Charioteer (fol. no. 102v)
1400 – 1432
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink
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
Arabic calligraphic script on paper; script is in Maghribi style, written in black ink with touches of green and rec ochre. Shadows of script (from reverse or opposite page, transferred while closed?) show through. Beige paper is browned with age at edges; upper left has repaired tear.
Qur’an manuscript leaf in Maghribi script
13th century
Museum Purchase
Worshippers gather and seem to celebrate around a sky-clad (nude) Jina and monk at top center. Flanking these figures are two searted drummers. In the lower register men on horseback and elephant look up to them as the ride by and raise their weapons in battle. A trumpeter sounds his instrument in the bottom left.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Digambara Jain manuscript page: Jina and battle scene
18th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
This leaf from a manuscript contains seven lines of Latin text with musical notation. The initial letter, "C," of the opening word "Confessio" is made from a curved vegetal form. The text is preceded by a painted miniature in a circular frame that is, in turn, enclosed by a golden square. The miniature depicts a man with a tonsure and a golden halo standing in a verdant landscape. He holds a palm leaf in his left hand and rests his right hand on a grill. The left and upper margins of the page are decorated with green and pink leaves and flowers and small gold circles.
Ludovico de Gaci
Leaf from a Gradual with St. Lawrence
Gift of Ann and Leonard Eaton in appreciation for the excellent teaching of Ilene Forsyth and Marvin Eisenberg
This manuscript page contains a column of Latin text surrounded by generous margins.  A pair of slender flowers with small green leaves run the length of the text along the left margin. Three decorated initials appear on the left edge of the text block. Each initial is painted gold on a pink and blue ground with white scrollwork and enclosed within a frame. Two rectangular line-fillers, colored pink and blue with white scrollwork, appear in the right half of the text column.
French (French (culture or style))
Leaf from a Book of Hours
1400 – 1425
Anonymous Gift in memory of Mrs. John Alexander
Manuscript cabinet decorated with two celestial beings making the gesture of worship and respect (anjalimudra) on front doors. The hands and faces of these figures are carved in particularly high relief, making them seem to interact with the worshipper, a feeling enhanced by the reflection of the background inserts.
Manuscript Cabinet
1930 – 1949
Gift of Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
A nude monk on the top left sits before a Jina at top right. Three Hindu gods, Harihara, Garuda, and Nandi venerate the Jina in the bottom registers.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Sirohi School
Jina venerated by a monk, Harihara, Garuda, and Nandi from Digambara Jain manuscript
18th century
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
Leaf from a Kalpasutra manuscript with calligraphic text. Font size varies, and in the center of the leaf text wraps around a blank box of parchment with a red dot in the center. To the left of this main text block is a colorful illustration of an enthroned figure in a dotted robe flanked by devotees. Surrounding him are various auspicious symbols.
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Kalpasutra manuscript, leaf: A Jaina monk (fol. no. 2r)
15th century
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection