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Manuscript Leaf with Opening of The Book of Nehemias, from a Bible

ca. 1280–1300
Made in probably Paris, France
Tempera and gold on parchment
Overall: 15 15/16 x 10 11/16 in. (40.5 x 27.2 cm) Mat size: 21 15/16 x 15 15/16 in. (55.7 x 40.5 cm)
Manuscripts and Illuminations
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Wixom, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
Illustrating the Biblical book that bears his name, Nehemias, cupbearer to the Persian king Artaxerxes, traveled to Jerusalem and oversaw the rebuilding
of the city walls. Here he kneels before the king and receives permission to make the journey. The lively drawing emphasizes the dialogue between king and servant, who has just entered the king’s space (the initial), his back leg still trailing outside the curve of the letter V.
Otto F. Ege (1888–1951); Dorothy Tracey Coe ; William and Nancy Wixom
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 1998-1999." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 57, no. 2 (Fall 1999). p. 18.

Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 141, pp. 118–19.

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