CALENDAR ON BONE

MS 1576
MS Short Title CALENDAR ON BONE
Text CALENDAR WITH WEEKDAYS, FEASTDAYS, INCLUDING THE 2 ST. OLAV AXES
Description MS in Norwegian on walrus bone or reindeer horn, Norway, ca. 15th c., 6 ff., 3x14 cm, single column, (2x14 cm), 1 line in runes of the younger futhark, 93 feastday symbols in a rather early primitive stage, including the 2 St. Olav axes.
Binding Norway, ca. 15th c., walrus bone or reindeer horn covers, fastened with 2 leather straps through holes.
Context
Provenance 1. Pitt-Rivers Museum, Farnham, Surrey (-1992); 2. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd., London.
Commentary The 2 St. Olav axes, 29 July and 3 August, represent the most conclusive evidence of Norwegian origin. Calendars in bookform on bone are of the utmost rarity. This is the only specimen in private hands. Runes are normally used for weekdays and golden numbers in Swedish calendars. In Norway they occur very rarely.
Published
Exhibited "Preservation for access: Originals and copies". On the occasion of the 1st International Memory of the World Conference, organized by the Norwegian Commission for UNESCO and the National Library of Norway, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, 3 June - 14 July 1996. "The St. Romuald Psalter" is still in the Sacristry at the Monastery of San Salvatore, Camaldoli, 1 f. in Dillingen-an-der-Donau: Studienbibliothek, Fragm. 25. MSS owned by saints: MSS 260/36, 620, 639, 1000 and 1751.
Mentioned
Boxing
See also MS 1577, Calendar, Sweden, ca. 1500
MS 1568, Calendar, Sweden, 1540
Place of origin Norway
Dates ca 15c AD

Location