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HAMP527: Miniature prayer-book

Rights Holder: Winchester Museum Service
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Rights Holder: Winchester Museum Service
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Rights Holder: Winchester Museum Service
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Unique ID: HAMP527

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Miniature prayer-book in open position with engraved inscription. The inscription on the first page in four lines reads; 'PAX/ TIBI/ MAR/CE' and that on the second page, also in four lines reads 'EVAN/GELI/STA/ MEUS'. (Peace to you, Mark my Evangelist). The reverse surface is decorated with patches of small square stamps which imitates a leather binding. The spine has two sets of two parallel horizontal incised lines. Irregular, faintly incised lines on the upper section indicate pages. The lower section of the spine is undecorated apart from three circular stamps within the spine.

A book of this form with the same inscription is known in art and sculpture under the forepaw of the winged lion of St Mark, representing Mark the Evangelist. The book represents the bible and the inscription is the motto of the city state of Venice, the depiction of the lion and book a symbol likewise.

Class: Book

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Subperiod to: Early
Date from: AD 1500
Date to: Circa AD 1550

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31 mm
Width: 22.5 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 18 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st September 1997

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration method: Multiple
Decoration style: Other

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: East Hampshire (District)

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 18 years ago
Updated: 2 years ago

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