Book cover

Dutch, possibly Amsterdam

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521

This exquisite openwork binding may have been created in Amsterdam, where the book of Psalms it contains was published. The scrolling grotesque decoration includes medallions with The Annunciation (front) and The Adoration of the Shepherds (back), while King David playing before Saul is engraved on the spine. This precious object eloquently illustrates the esteem in which Dutch Protestants held the hundred and fifty Psalms, oft-invoked of lament and praise.

Book cover, Silver, lined with black velvet, containing a contemporary psalter, Dutch, possibly Amsterdam

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