IVORY BOOKFORM CALENDAR

MS 1577
MS Short Title IVORY BOOKFORM CALENDAR
Text CALENDAR WITH WEEKDAYS, GOLDEN NUMBERS, TABULA SIGNORUM, SOLAR CIRCLE, AND FEAST DAYS
Description MS in Swedish on ivory, Sweden, ca. 1500, 9 ff., 6x12 cm, single column, (6x11 cm), 4-6 lines in Runes of the younger Futhark, some saints' names added later in French in capitals, 1 solar circle drawn like a ropework spiked wheel with solar numbers in runes, another drawn like a spiked wheel with solar numbers in Gothic book script of medium to low grade and quality, 32 feast day symbols indicated with symbols, runes, crosses and fishes in black and red, 80 drawings of saints in black and red copied after a Flemish book of hours, use of Brughes.
Binding Sweden, ca. 1500, ivory covers fastened with a modern string through 2 holes, astronomic diagrams on both covers.
Provenance 1. Charles Ratton Collection, Paris (d. 1984); 2. Sandra Hindman, Chicago (1991-).
Commentary Calendars in bookform made on ivory are of the utmost rarity. This is probably the most extensively illustrated example extant, and the only specimen in private hands.
Exhibited "The Story of Time", Queen's House at the National Maritime Museum and The Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Dec. 1999 - Sept. 2000.
Place of origin Sweden
Dates ca 1500 AD

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