"Illuminated Book of Hours leaf",
Period: 1500 (circa)
4.5 x 7.2 inches
11.4 x 18.3 cm
From a scarce printed book of hours with numerous illuminated initials in red, blue and gold ink on both sides of the vellum sheet. The text is surrounded with engraved scenes and decorations. One of the scene depicts a centaur shooting at a winged lion with a bow and arrow. Text in Latin with some French headings. The book of hours served as a devotional work containing various prayers and meditations appropriate to seasons, months, days of the week, and hours of the day.