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Book cover

ca. 1610–20
Dutch, possibly Amsterdam
Silver, lined with black velvet, containing a contemporary psalter
H. 3 7/16 x W. 2 3/4 in. (8.7 x 7.0 cm)
Metalwork-Silver In Combination
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 636
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.
Marking: On hinge, indistinct: probably dolphin (19th century mark for duty paid)
J. L. Schouten ; Frédéric Spitzer , Paris (by 1891–d. 1890; his sale, Paris, April 17–June 16, 1893, no. 3044); [ French Book Corporation, New York , until 1937; sold to MMA ]
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