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Leaf from a Book of Hours (Suffrage to St. Barbara)

Accession Number
1992/2.9

Title
Leaf from a Book of Hours (Suffrage to St. Barbara)

Artist(s)
French

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1480

Medium & Support
ink, tempera and gold on parchment

Dimensions
5 5/16 x 4 in. (13.49 x 10.16 cm);19 5/16 x 14 5/16 in. (49.05 x 36.35 cm);5 5/16 x 4 in. (13.49 x 10.16 cm)

Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. John Alexander

Label copy
Another standard component of the book of hours was the Suffrages, or prayers to saints, which were found at the end. The miniature depicts St. Barbara with her attribute of the tower in which she was imprisoned and the martyr's palm.
A standard component of the book of hours was the Suffrages, or prayers of intercession, or aid, to saints, which were found at the end. This leaf has a miniature showing St. Barbara holding her palm of martyrdom and standing beside the tower in which her father imprisoned her to discourage suitors and in which she was secretly baptized a Christian. The selection of saints appearing in the Suffrages varied according to regional custom or the preference of the person commissioning the book.
Unfortunately, the leaf has been cropped so that some of the border decoration has been lost, but enough remains to give a sense of the effort spent by an illuminator. The border, which surrounds three sides of the text, is divided into alternating bands of gold leaf and plain parchment, and embellished with acanthus leaves and floral sprigs
Gallery label text by Annette Dixon, Curator

Primary Object Classification
Painting

Collection Area
Western

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Keywords
tower

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