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Accession number 09.23
Title Leaf of a Lectern Bible: Title page of Numbers
Date 14th century
Notes 14th ? Century Book of Number's Title page with an illuminated figure of Joshua: This is a page from a large lectern-sized Bible, 9 ½ X 13 inches, on very white vellum, with the figure of Joshua being instructed by the hand of God, presumably to number the Tribes. The illumination is done in 6 colors and gold leaf design that extends from the top of the page to the bottom. It is framed so that both the front and the back can be viewed. (The reverse side too contains some lovely illumination.) Since this page is of such large size and has such a distinctive art piece, the date of the manuscript likely can be determined in researching other manuscript locations. More research is needed to accurately date. I have had some experts suggest it could be an earlier date.