31 January 2010

Pure Pleasure

After two entries and images of fire damage, and two entries about outrage, and because the schedule has become snarled and I am unable to write a blog for this week, I am offering some pure pleasure -- two manuscript images I have recently come across. 

This first, of the Creation of Adam, is taken from the left margin of a page in the 1397 Kiev Psalter. [MMA catalog: Byzantium, Faith and Power, #161.]

Thanks to Konstantina Papakosma for the beehives, which come from an 11C manuscript (probably 1050-1075) in the Patriarchal Library of Jerusalem.

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